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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Register now, voters urged

Negros Occidental Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday called on those who have not registered to vote yet to do so now.

The registration resumed yesterday and there will be no extension to the October 31 deadline, Suarez warned.

Those registering must bring a valid identification card or anyone who can certify that one is a resident of the area he or she wishes to vote in, Suarez said.

Suarez also said candidates who wish to file for the disqualification of nuisance bets must do so five days after the last day of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy.

The aggrieved candidate must file a verified petition before an election officer or the COMELEC in Manila and pay a fee of P10,100, Suarez added.

To hasten the process, Suarez said he is advising the aggrieved parties to prepare 10 legible copies of their verified petitions and file them directly with the Commission in Manila, he said.

COMELEC Resolution No. 9523 defines a nuisance candidate as any bet for any elective office who filed his/her certificate of candidacy “to put the election process in mockery or disrepute or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates or who, by other acts or circumstances, is clearly demonstrated to have no bona fide intention to run for the office for which the certificate of candidacy has been filed.”

Any registered candidate for the same position may file a verified petition to declare a candidate as a nuisance bet, the resolution said.

The Commission may, at any time before the election, motu proprio, declare a candidate as a nuisance bet, subject to an opportunity to be heard, the resolution also said.*CPG

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