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Arresto Menor
Goodevening lawyers and future lawyers!

A relative has already filed his candidacy for Mayoralty position in a municipality in one of the provinces in ARMM. This relative is joining the political arena for the first time. At first, he was reluctant, but when it was already the majority of the residents in that municipality who urged him to run, he finally made up his mind and decided to file his COC. This man, who is a native of that municipality, although not a political figure, is widely known by the people of that municipality because of his dedication, competence in government service, down to earth atittiude and perhaps because he will be the first educated man to run as a mayor in that municipality.

In case you don’t know, maybe because you are not a resident of ARMM, Congress passed a joint resolution annulling the book of voters in the ARMM region which is the reason why COMELEC conducted a GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS in ARMM dated july 9 to july 18 of 2012. ARMM residents who failed to apply for registration between those dates cannot vote for the 2013 elections. My relative was able to file his application for registration as a voter and was issued a receipt. The ERB hearing on the other hand is slated on November 26-30 of this year.

However, there are rumors circulating in the municipality that the incumbent mayor had used his influence during the general armm registration by allowing the Comelec personnel who were in-charge of the registration of the voters to stay in his vicinity and allegedly erased the registration data of my relative so that he won’t be officially registered as a voter, hence, disqualified to run as a mayor.

What do you think is the remedy if my relative’s name is not included in the list of voters because his record was allegedly erased? I thought of a petition for inclusion but having your registration record allegedly destroyed or erased after registration is not one of the grounds enumerated in the election code.

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