Comelec successful in cleansing voters list in Lanao del Sur

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


MARAWI CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has successfully cleaned the list of registered voters in Lanao del Sur.

The number of registered voters in Lanao del Sur went down by 33 percent to 350,268 after the voters registration held last July in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), said Provincial Election Supervisor Nasib Yasin.

Of this new record, 201,589 are registered in the first district of the province, while 148,679 are in the second district.

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The 10-day general registration was part of the National Government’s effort to reform electoral system in the region.

According to Yasin, a total of 521,969 voters were registered in the province prior to the re-registration.

He said the poll body was satisfied with the process as the voters’ registration records were now cleansed.

Meanwhile, Yasin said Comelec will ensure to attain clean, honest and peaceful elections in the province.

He also urged his counterpart in the Provincial Joint Security Control Center, particularly the Provincial Police and the 103rd Infantry Brigade, to strictly implement the gun ban.

Related to this, various stakeholders coming from the different sectors, including political candidates, have expressed their commitment for an honest, orderly and peaceful 2013 elections in May during the “Kasalimbago sa Election 2013 Summit,” an electoral reform advocacy conference that believes participation of the different sectors is vital in promoting good governance.

Among those who attended the summit were Armm Acting Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, Lanao del Sur Assemblymen, Armm Cabinet secretaries, Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr., Provincial Board Members, municipal mayors, municipal treasurers, elections officers and officials from the regional and provincial Comelec, city and provincial schools division superintendents and teachers, security forces, and representatives from civil society groups.

Comelec Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph also graced the summit and challenged political aspirants to become Muslim leaders, and not just political leaders.

A symbolic burning of bad practices also highlighted the election summit to manifest the commitment to get rid of malpractices allegedly done during the past political exercises in the province.

The event, with the theme “Strengthening People’s Voice through Electoral Reform and Transparency in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City,” was organized by Kasalimbago Task Force.

The task force, chaired by Provincial Election Supervisor Nasib Yasin and vice-chaired by Assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis and Brigadier General Daniel A. Lucero of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, was formed following the success of the general voter’s registration in the Armm.

Other members of the Kasalimbago Task Force included Provincial Police Director Alfredo Modestano, schools division superintendents and representatives from the local chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and League of Treasurers of the Philippines, as well as from the Lanao del Sur People’s Council and other civil society groups. (PIA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 29, 2013.

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