Lanao Sur voters’ list padded by 200,000

Lanao Sur voters’ list padded by 200,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer

WAO, LANAO DEL SUR—Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr. on Tuesday said he was more worried by double registrants and flying voters in his province than by private armies.

Adiong, a Lakas-Kampi-CMD stalwart, said a padded voters’ roll was more likely to undermine the electoral process.

The Lanao del Sur governor said double registrants for instance could vote as many times as they desired to favor certain candidates.

He said there were about 500,000 registered voters in Lanao del Sur today when the number should only be between 300,000 and 350,000.

Adiong said vote-padding might be a result of one person having multiple registrations, nonresidents brought into the province to register as voter or even multiple voter, minors registered as voters and assumed names.

Names of dead

“It is highly likely these lists also contain the names of dead people,” he said.

By being able to cast their votes in the province, “these supposedly nonqualified voters could subvert the will of the real electorate,” Adiong said.

He said that as early as 2007, he had proposed that the Commission on Elections clean up its voters’ list, but it went unheeded.

As to the presence of private armies in his province, Adiong said politicians engaged in feuds might have thought they needed more bodyguards.

“The armed men who are usually seen, especially with politicians, could be there due to some people’s need to protect themselves from retaliatory attacks as a result of feuds,” he said.

Credibility

But Abdullah Dalidig, chair of the Islamic Movement for Electoral Reform and Good Government, said the presence of armed groups could also affect the credibility of the polls.

“They may not have been originally intended for the elections but they can be employed to further the machinations of politicians wanting to gain votes,” he said. Reports from Ryan Rosauro and Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao

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