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PH post foils 'flying voter'

DUBAI – The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Dubai and Northern Emirates foiled an attempt by a voter to cast vote twice.

A certain J.S. first voted in the PCG precinct on April 10. An hour later, he proceeded to another voting station located at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) compound using the same name.

J.S. was refused to cast his second vote after an alert Special Board of Election Inspector (SBEI) Chairman pointed out that he already voted based on their records.

The PCG report said J.S. hurriedly left even before he could be presented with a copy of the Certified List of Overseas Voters which he earlier signed next to his name, picture, and signature.

The Commission on Election has been informed about this incident.

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes reminded Filipinos that “voting more than once in any Philippine election is a criminal offense punishable under pertinent law.”

He added that the Philippine government and the Filipino people have worked together to devise means to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process.

Double voting or commonly known as “flying voter” in the Philippines are those who are registered in two precincts and are supposedly used by politicians to get more votes.

PCG warns that any overseas voters who will try again to vote twice may face arrest and be fined upon their return to the Philippines.

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