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MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III renewed his appeal for the Commission on Elections to reconsider its decision to do away with a general re-registration in the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
"I think I will be coming up with a statement soon. We will reiterate that there is a necessity to ensure that the voters' list are actual and correct, especially as far as ARMM is concerned. Don't forget that the ARMM has a population of four million and then half will be of voting age, so that's two million votes right away," Aquino said.
"We think that's a very important concern ... We understand that there will be moves by both chambers of Congress to reiterate the need for reregistration as far as ARMM is concerned, to have credible elections," he added.
The poll body has rejected Malacañang’s proposal of a general re-registration in ARMM, except in Maguindanao province.
The other ARMM provinces are Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
There are at least 1.71 million registered voters in the region based on the 2010 barangay elections.