ZAMBOANGA CITY – The head of the country’s election body has witnessed firsthand a perennial problem bugging elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
On Monday, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. did not fail to notice that in the island municipality of Simunul in Tawi-Tawi people look so young, in fact very young based on the physical appearance of some of the registrants for the 2013 elections queuing at the registration centers.
Brillantes, who flew to the southernmost province on the opening day of the 10-day general relisting of voters in ARMM, saw for himself what he described as “cultural error” – people being controlled by crook politicians.
“When I visited two registration centers in Simunul, I saw people that are not really 18 years old lining at the registration centers. I was even joking to them that it seems people here really look young,” he said.