Removal of 352 ‘flying voters’ from list sought-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A COMPLAINT was filed yesterday asking the court to exclude suspected flying voters in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City.
Lawyer Jade Ponce filed the petition asking for the removal of 352 persons from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) voters list to prevent them from participating in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Oct. 28.
A Pasil councilor said they decided to bring the problem to court after several residents complained about the new residents.
“They can transfer residence but they cannot register here because they already voted last May in their respective places,” said the barangay official, who requested anonymity, in Cebuano.
He said a person must reside for six months before he/she can register in a local Comelec office.
Barangay captains where the 35 persons came from issued certifications that they are still registered voters in their respective barangays.
There were 221 persons who already voted last May elections, said the councilor.
He said they were able to trace the voters’ valid addresses through the records in Comelec.
According to Comelec’s website, a person who wants to register as a voter must be a “Filipino citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year, a resident in the place wherein he proposes to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election, and not otherwise disqualified by law.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.