Bacolod councilor bet faces disqualification

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Friday, October 12, 2012


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may disqualify a 20-year-old candidate for councilor in Bacolod.

Bacolod election officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said Thursday that Joelyn Tizon of Barangay Alijis who filed her certificate of candidacy as an independent candidate for councilor of Bacolod City on October 4 may be disqualified since the age requirement for councilor for a highly urbanized city is 23.

Sia said she only discovered recently that Tizon was only 20 years old, so she reported the matter to Esmeralda Ladra of the Comelec Law Department in Manila in a letter sent on Thursday.

Majarucon-Sia said Tizon will be issued an order by the Law Department informing her that she is disqualified by reason of age.

She said Tizon will be turning 21 years old on September next year.

Tizon, in an interview over ABS-CBN on Thursday, said her classmates in Iloilo were already councilors at 18.

However, Majarucon-Sia informed her that the age requirement for councilor for highly urbanized city is 23, while for municipalities and component cities, the age requirement is 18.

Tizon went to the Comelec office in Bacolod City on Thursday to register as a new voter.

Majarucon-Sia said the registration of voters will end on October 31. She reminded voters to register early and not to wait for the deadline. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 12, 2012.

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