• The dead haunt voters’ list

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    By Van Santos Reporter

    The names of long dead individuals and a group of centenarians sharing the same birth date have turned up in the computerized voters’ lists (CVL) posted in the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) across the country, the National Movement for Free elections (Namfrel) said on Sunday.

    Namfrel Chairman Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo, in a letter to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., said 18 of their 24 chapters nationwide reported CVL inaccuracies such as the names of dead persons, missing names, and centenarian registrants, among others.

    “In five municipalities in llocos Sur, a total of 342 names of deceased persons were noted; 38 in five barangays in Mandaluyong, 28 in two towns in Guimaras; 18 in Malabon, 15 in Mountain Province, 13 in Aklan and other lower figures in the remaining provinces,” Bernardo said.

    “There are 65 registrants with missing information on birth dates to which the computer assigned a common birth date of January 1, 1900, rendering all of them 113-year-old,” she added.

    “There are also 66 registrants sharing one common address in Plainview, Mandaluyong. On the other hand, there are registered voters whose names are not in the CVL. e.g. eight voters in Aklan, two in Siquijor, two in Lanao del Norte, and one in Taytay, Rizal,” Bernardo said.

    She urged the Comelec to look into the matter, saying a clean and accurate CVL is important because it assures that only qualified voters are able to cast their vote.

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