Bacolod City COMELEC Registrar Mavil Majarucon yesterday said 34 voter applicants for the October barangay polls, who were earlier disqualified by the Election Registration Board to vote, have filed petitions to include their names as voters.
Majarucon said the petitioners were among the 39 voter applicants from Brgy. 38 who were disapproved by the ERB as they failed to convince the board that they are residents of the barangay.
She said the petitions were filed before the Municipal Trial Courts in Cities in Bacolod, however, it has not been raffled yet as to who will be the judge to hear the case.
Majarucon also said the hearing for the petition may last for at least a month.
The filing of petitions for inclusion ended yesterday while the petitions for exclusion of the voter applicant’s names will be until Friday only, and those who have plans to file it may do so before the MTCC.
Majarucon said they already sent notices to 62 barangays in Bacolod asking the officials if they have sufficient funds to augment the expenses for the barangay elections.
She said that under COMELEC resolution 9739, the barangay should provide a 10 percent augmentation fund for the election and if their coffers do not have enough, they may ask for a budget from the Department of Budget Management.*APN