Suspected flying voters eyed in Pangasinan -- exec

DAGUPAN CITY --The Provincial Election Office (PEO) on Thursday admitted there were undetermined number of suspected flying voters who managed to register in the just concluded registration for the coming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and Barangay Election in Pangasinan.

Provincial Elections Officer Marino Salas revealed that this kind of voters might yet be excluded from the list if they could be found by the Election Registration Board (ERB) in every city and municipality to have acquired their new registration through dubious means.

The ERB has until August 12 to finalize the list of voters qualified to vote in the SK and Barangay Election set on Oct. 18, said Salas.

Salas told the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here that per report of Municipal and City Election Registrars there were many voter registrants who do not know where the streets they are living as indicated in their supposed to be pre-filled up forms, nor the names of their neighbors in the communities where they live.

He told newsmen that it was really unusual that there were many registering regular voters when in fact the country had just gone through with the May 13 simultaneous local and national elections.

Salas said one of the reasons why registration of voters was rather slow in some towns and cities of Pangasinan resulting in over-crowding of registrants was because the election registrars wanted to make sure that those registering really live in the barangay indicated in their registration forms.

The Comelec is still gathering names of barangay officials who might have gathered voters from one town for them to register in another town so that they could cast votes in their favor in the coming barangay polls.

Those who failed to name the streets where they are living or tell names of their supposed neighbors were automatically denied registration even if incumbent barangays officials who may be intending to seek reelection were accompanying them, said Salas.

The registration forms were downloaded from the Internet just by anybody and were even photo copied by certain persons but not personnel from the Commission on Elections, said Salas.

Likely flying voters are those who transferred from one town to another who may only be forced to do so because of promise of monetary support by prospective barangay candidates, Salas said.

Overall, Salas said the registration for the SK and Barangay elections in Pangasinan was peaceful and orderly despite the presence of suspected flying voters herded and transported by interested parties. (PNA)
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