The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental has deleted the names of around 100,000 registered voters, when they failed to vote in the last two elections, its provincial supervisor, Eddie Aba, said yesterday.
He said that from about 800,000 registered voters in the 2010 election, the list had gone down to 688,763. Also crossed out from the record were the names of voters who have died.
But Aba said he expects the number to go up after the October 31 registration deadline for new voters. He added that those, whose names were deleted for missing the 2007 and 2010 elections, should apply for reactivation in the COMELEC offices in their towns and cities.
He said the deadline for both the registration and reactivation will not be extended as the total number of voters will be fixed to correspond to the quantity of ballots to be printed.
Meanwhile, the COMELEC said about 4,000 persons with disabilities in Negros Oriental participated in the August 11 special registration day.
Of the number, 1,631 come from Bais, 861 in Bayawan, 720 in Pamplona, 154 in San Jose, 134 in Basay, 131 in Bacong, 41 from Tanjay and 15 in Dauin.
Aba said the number may increase after the submission of the final list of PWD registered voters from the remaining field offices of COMELEC in the province.*JG
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