Comelec cancels CoC of Tongkil mayoral bet PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 February 2013 11:33

The Commission on Elections’s First Division has cancelled the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of Abdullajid Alih, a Liberal Party municipal mayoralty aspirant in Banguingui (formerly Tongkil), Sulu  in the May elections.

In a nine-page decision signed by Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and concurred by commissioners Armando Velasco and Christian Robert Lim, promulgated last January 29, 2013, the Comelec officials granted to resolve the petition filed by mayoralty aspirant Whajid Indanan Sahidulla to deny due course or cancel Alih’s CoC for misrepresentation and submitting spurious documents.

In his petition Sahidulla, son of Mayor Wahid Sahidulla and District 2 Cong. Lady Ann Sahidulla, through his legal counsel, alleged that Alih is running for the elective position of municipal mayor of Banguingui and that his CoC was not filed before the proper office and not properly accomplished since respondent failed to indicate the municipality where he intends to run.

Sahidulla also said that Alih is not a resident and a registered voter of Barangay Dungon, Banguingui where he intends to run.

The Comelec noted that due to the annulment of all the books of voters in cities and municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao by Congress, the Commission has set July 9 and 18, 2012 as the period for the filing and transfer of registration records in the said cities and municipalities.

Based on the certification of the Election Officer of Banguingui,  Sulu, the respondent did not register during the ARMM  General Registration of Voters. Considering the respondent did not contest the said certification, the presumption that the official duty has been regularly performed and that the conclusion in the certification stand.

This time respondent’s failure to respond to the allegation is detrimental to him although he was already furnished with the petition, notices and orders of the commission.

This failure is deemed as admission of the propriety of the petition and his lack of valid defense to the certification issued by the election officer, the commission emphasized.

Finally, the commission pointed out that verily respondent, Alih has committed a false material representation when he indicated in his CoC that he is a registered voter of Banguingui , when he is not.       

Whajid who was furnished with the Comelec decision lauded the commission for the swift resolve of his petition saying no one is above the law.

“It is very clear that Alih has duped the Comelec by submitting spurious documents and I thank Allah for the Comelec’s fast decision. Once and for all this will help solve the uncertainties of the forthcoming elections in our municipality,” Whajid said. — KS