Comelec asks NSO help to rid voters’ list of ‘ghosts’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 16:17

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has tapped the National Statistics Office (NSO) to assist them in cleansing the National List of Registered Voters (NLRV) of individuals that are already deceased.

In Comelec Resolution No. 9712, the commission en banc directed the National Statistics Office (NSO) to provide them the list of dead persons in the last three years.

“The Commission resolves to direct the NSO to provide the Comelec with the National List of Deceased Persons of Voting Age from the year 2010 to 2013, with quarterly update of the same,” said the decision said.

The action of the poll body is to have a method apart from what is provided for by the Republic Act 8189 or the Voter’s Registration Act of 1996.

Section 29 of the law provides that the “Local Civil Registrar shall submit each month a certified list of persons, who died during the previous month, to the Election Officer (EO) of the place, where the deceased are registered”.

On the other hand, the Comelec said they see a problem in cases when the deceased is not a registered voter in the place, where he dies or where he resides before his death, such as when the deceased was a resident of a certain area but voted elsewhere because of failure/refusal to transfer his registration records.

“Under similar cases, the names of the deceased voters will not be cancelled from the List of Voters,” the Resolution said.

It added, “The non-cancellation of the names of deceased voters, when left unchecked, will pollute the NLRV and raise issues as to the perpetuation of electoral frauds such as substituted voting using the names of deceased voters.”

After receiving the list, it will be the Comelec EO’s that will sort out the records and submit a report to the Election Registration Boards (ERBs) the names of deceased voters for cancellation of registration records.

It would be recalled that the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) reported that a total of 342 deceased persons are still in the Computerized Voters’ Lists (CVL).

The list was released a day before the May 13 polls, where they found in five municipalities in Ilocos Sur, along with 38 in five barangays in Mandaluyong City; 28 in two towns in Guimaras; 18 in Malabon City; 15 in Camarines Sur; 13 in Mt. Province; and 13 in Aklan.

Other provinces and cities had lower figures.