MALOLOS CITY: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has formally stopped the recall petition against Gov. Wilhelmino-Sy Alvarado of Bulacan.
The Comelec en banc said the poll body could not proceed with the recall election after the lead petitioner, Perlita Mendoza, failed to gather signatures of at least 10 percent of the total voting population of the province, which is required under the Comelec Resolution No. 7505.
The petition, which started in May 2014, has only 67,959 valid names and signatures, which falls short of the required 183,069 signatures based on Bulacan’s voting population of 1.830 million, the Comelec said in its 16-page omnibus resolution released last week.
“Clearly, the required minimum number of petitioners for purposes of conducting the recall election has not been met as the total number of valid signatures fell short of the 10 percent threshold,” the resolution, signed by acting Comelec Chairman Christian Robert Lim, Commissioners Al Parreño, Luie Tito Guia and Arthur Lim, stated.
Earlier this month, the provincial election office ruled that out of 249,177 contested signatures and thumb marks that were examined by Bulacan election officers, 72.7 percent or 181,201 had been cancelled because of forgery or falsification, among other grounds.
Mendoza filed an appeal before the Comelec contesting the cancellation of the signatures but that was dismissed.