Thursday, December 10, 2009

Maguindanao a source of votes for the administration — solon

By Gerry Baldo

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The Ampatuans in the province of Maguindanao have been a source of votes for the Arroyo administration, a lawmaker disclosed yesterday.

According to administration lawmaker from Mindanao who asked not to be identified, Maguindanao has been a source of votes for the Arroyo administration and that the number of voters are much more than the actual number of voters in the province.

This developed as a research group yesterday claimed that the records at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) would show that the number of registered voters more than doubled now since the last two elections in 2004 and 2007.

Alfredo Sureta Jr. of Stratpolls said that as of March 17,2009 Maguindanao has 601,057 from only 334,287 in 2004. In 2007 there were 336,774 registered voters.

It said that the household population of the province according to National Statistics Office data is 710,829 (2007) and that the national average of the number of voters per province is one-half of the household population. This means that the 85 percent of the population of Maguindanao are voters.

The lawmaker has confirmed the report saying that there could only be around 50,000 voters in Maguindanao. The lawmaker claimed that elections in Maguindanao have been wrought with fraud and the voting is being done by a few “men” of the Ampatuans usually a day before the actual elections.

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