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4M names purged from voters’ list

Posted on: March 14, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:32:00 03/13/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has purged some four million names from its voters’ list, the head of the poll body said.

“A total of 4,196,402 names were removed from the voters’ list,” trimming the total number of registered voters to 44.219 million, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said.

A total of 3.879 million voters were “deactivated” after failing to vote in the last elections, while 192,648 others had died, Melo said.

Deactivated voters would be notified via mail, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

Melo said more names have been deleted in the current cleansing of the voters’ list than during previous elections.

“A clean list is not a destination but a process,” Jimenez said.

He said the cleansing of the list, which started December 2, 2008, will end on October 31, 2009, but acknowledged that a clean list alone would not prevent multiple voting.

Deactivated voters are required to update their information with the Comelec and register again, Jimenez said.

To reactivate or update their registration, individuals are required to go to the Comelec office in the town or city where they had registered, present valid identification and fill up a reactivation form, Jimenez said.

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