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Council wants voters' list cleaned up

List should get rid of the names of multiple registrants and people who are already dead

Council wants voters' list cleaned up
ARMM voters wait outside a polling precinct (file photo) reporters, Manila

March 24, 2011

A Church-based poll watchdog and several legislators are asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to clean its “corrupted” list of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Ambassador Henrietta de Villa, head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and congressmen led by Rep. Arlene Bag-ao of Akbayan Party said the Comelec should do the cleansing to ensure clean and honest elections in the region. “The computerized voters’ list should be rid of the names of multiple registrants and people who are already dead,” De Villa said. The House of Representatives on March 22 passed a proposal postponing elections in ARMM, originally scheduled August this year, to May 2013. Bag-ao said Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes has sufficient time to institute reforms that would guarantee honest elections once the measure is enacted into law. “I am urging the Comelec to make sure that the will of the people manifests the results of the polls,” said Bag-ao. President Benigno Aquino defended his decision to push for the postponement of the ARMM elections, saying it would "correct" problems besetting the area. “We are only after correcting the problem. It is stated in the constitution that all of these elections should be synchronized. But for whatever reason, the ARMM elections are not synchronized (with other polls),” Aquino said in response to criticism that he is interfering with the autonomy of the region. He said it would be a "grave sin" not to take steps to improve the lives of ARMM residents. PM13746.1646
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