Lanao poll officers 'walk out' amid violence
MANILA, Philippines – Several election officers in Putik, Lanao del Sur walked out of the voters’ registration after a clash erupted between supporters of two opposing politicians on Thursday.
Putik election officer Canda Wali Rasuman said they decided to leave the area due to fear that they might get involved in the violence.
The election officers, who came from Negros Occidental, left for Camp Ranao, the headquarters of the Army’s 103rd Brigade, early Friday after hearing gunshots near the registration center.
Another election officer, Roberto Remullano, said they will resume registration in Marawi City, where majority of the voters are residing.
On Thursday, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead 500 meters from a voters’ registration center in Lumbaca-Unayan town in Lanao del Sur.
Security was tightened in the area following the incident.
The voters’ registration is ongoing for the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, in an effort by the Commission on Elections to cleanse the bloated voters’ list.
It started last July 9 and will end on July 18. -- Reports from Noel Alamar, dzMM; Ronnie Enderes, ABS-CBN News Iligan