2,000 Davao voters still up for verification

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Thursday, November 29, 2012


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City has been cleaning up its voters' list since last month, listing a total of 2,174 voters who are still up for verification.

The voters will either be delisted or retained in a bid to prevent multiple entries in the voters' list for the 2013 midterm polls.

Comelec-Davao first district election officer lawyer Aimee P. Ferolino-Ampoloquio said the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (Afis) results provided by the Information and Technology Office (ITO) of Comelec allows them to single out multiple entries in their record.

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The 2,174 voters are among the 5,321 voters whom the Comelec-Davao is verifying.

Of the 5,321 voters, a total of 3,147 voters will be deleted from their system.

However, the Comelec said majority of the 2,174 voters will be deleted and only few will be retained since ITO provided them with 99 percent match in the Afis results.

The verification process will most likely involve tracking down the current address of the voters, whether they have applied for transfer of residence or have transferred but reapplied because they have returned to their previous addresses.

"Naay uban na dili dapat i-delete. For example, Davao City ang first registration and second registration Cebu City kay nagtransfer siya didto, dapat i-delete sa registration sa Davao City (There are some who should not be deleted. For example, Davao City is his first registration but he has transferred to Cebu City. So his registration in Davao must not be deleted)," she said.

There are also instances that a voter transfers his residence from one district to another within the city, according to Ampoloquio.

The final result as to how many will be deleted or not will come out early December, this year.

In Davao City, Comelec recorded close to a million voters. The biggest number was in the city's firth district, with more than 420,000 voters recorded, followed by the second district with around 299,000 voters, and third district with around 250,000.

Meanwhile, Ampoloquio said voters who have been inactive for two consecutive elections will automatically be deleted so that only active voters will remain in their record.

"They are subject for deactivation for failure to vote in two consecutive regular elections," she said of the Comelec's Omnibus Election Code.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 30, 2012.

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