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Final Cebu City voters' list arrives

First Posted 07:04:00 04/07/2010

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Cebu City?s Election Day Certified Voters? List (EDCVL) arrived yesterday at the Commission on Elections (Comelec-7).

This is the list that the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) will use to identify voters in Cebu City on election day.

The list features pictures of the voters beside their names.

?For those without photos, a signature specimen can also be used to counter-check if the person who appears before the BEIs is the same person in the EDCVL,? said Cebu City Election Officer Marchel Sarno.

The EDCVL is the final voters? list and prevails over lists such as the Posted Certified Voters List and the Voters? Registration Record.

Once the list is verified, the book of voters will be sealed until election day in May 2010.

Meanwhile, Sarno announced that more than 200 members of the board of canvassers from the cities and municipalities of Cebu will go begin a two-day training in Lapu-lapu City today.

?I believe this is the first time that they will be subjected to training since this is also the first time we are having an automated election, Sarno said.

Cebu City Prosecutor Nicolas Sellon, Atty. Edwin Cadungog and Cebu City division schools superintendent Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud will represent the board of canvassers from Cebu City.

Sarno himself is preparing to be transferred next week to the Mandaue City for the May 10, 2010 Election.

?This is only for the election period. I will be back after the election,? Sarno told reporters.

Sarno is just one of the election officers who will be transferred to other assignments to avoid suspicions of patronage.

During his absence, San Fernando Election Officer Rudy Gilos will take over his post.

Meanwhile, precinct count optical scanning (PCOS) machines are expected to reach Cebu a week before the elections.

?We can?t afford to bring the machines here earlier than May 3 since the security risk is very high.? Sarno said.

Cebu City has a total of 518,091 registered voters.

In the north district, 1,046 of the 279,268 voters were registered during the extended new voters? registration while 1,502 of the 238,823 voters in the south district were registered in the same period.

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