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Poll watch group reminds voters to check their names in Comelec list before election day

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

Missing names in the voters list is one of the common problems encountered during elections.

A teacher prepares a voting precinct at the Flora A Ylagan High School in Brgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City for Monday’s SK and Barangay Elections.(ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

A teacher prepares a voting precinct at the Flora A Ylagan High School in Brgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City for the SK and Barangay Elections. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

To avoid this problem, registered voters were reminded by the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) to check their names in the certified list of voters that will be released by Commission on Elections (Comelec) ahead of the May 13 midterm polls.

“Do not be part of the missing names of voters problem on May 13, 2019. Check your name (voting center, polling place precinct and sequence number),” the poll watchdog group said.

Lente said the election officers will start making public the Posted Computerized Voters List by March 29.

“On March 29, based on Comelec Resolution No. 10500, the certified list of voters would be posted in all barangay halls and Comelec city and municipality offices,” said the group.

LENTE said EOs must post the PCVLs by March 29 or be held liable for committing an election offense.

“Remember. March 29. If the list of voters would not be posted, it is considered as an election offense on the part of the Election Officer,” the group said.

Under the Voter’s Registration Act, PCVLs must be posted in the Offices of the Election Officer and in the bulletin board of each city/municipal hall 90 days before Election Day.

Failure to do so is tantamount to an election offense, which carries a penalty of imprisonment of 1 to 6 years, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right of suffrage.

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