WITH just 20 days before the May 14 synchronized Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) Elections, both the candidates and the electorate should know what acts are prohibited during the election period.
Under Resolution 10246 issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last January 15, we have entered the election period -- set for April 14 to May 21.
Within the same period is a gun ban, which means no one is allowed to carry firearms or other deadly weapons in public places except for law enforcers.
A regular member of the police and armed forces, as well as other law enforcement agencies is exempt from the nationwide gun ban, as long as he is "in full uniform showing clearly and legibly his name, rank and serial number," and "in the actual performance of his election duty," as provided by Section 32 of Republic Act (RA) 7166.
The poll body earlier said it may also issue gun ban exemption to a qualified individuals considered as "high risk," such as cashier, disbursing officer, and state witness, among others.
Those who wish to be granted a permit to carry firearms must submit an application and other requirements to the Comelec committee on the ban on firearms and security personnel whose office is located at the poll body's main office in Intramuros, Manila.
To ensure compliance with the gun ban, checkpoints in cities and municipalities around the country are established under Comelec Resolution 10198.
A team of uniformed personnel manning the Comelec checkpoint can hold visual search but cannot perform a physical search in the absence of any reasonable ground, according to the guidelines laid out by the poll body.
1. Alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct. (Section 5, R.A. 8189).
A precinct shall have a maximum of 200 voters and shall comprise contiguous and compact territories.
As soon as the maximum is reached, a spin-off or daughter precinct shall be created automatically by the commission to accommodate voters residing within the territorial jurisdiction of the original precinct.
In this case, the spin-off or daughter precinct may have less than 200 registered voters.
An island or group of islands with less than 200 voters may also comprise one original precinct.
Splitting of an original precinct or merger of two or more original precincts shall not be allowed without redrawing the precinct map/s 120 days before election day.