Gun ban takes effect as poll period starts-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE election period for the October 28 barangay polls officially starts on Saturday, and the gun ban and checkpoints have been in effect starting Friday night, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
The election period will be until November 12.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Comelec, meanwhile, will hold a provincial conference at the Governor's Conference Hall in Bacolod City relative to the forthcoming elections.
Suarez said during the Regional Command Conference held at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo on Thursday, it was found out that the PNP in the province identified 300 election hotspot areas, while the AFP identified 92 barangays.
He said PNP and AFP records will be reconciled, although they have different criteria and factors set for the identification of an election hotspot.
Lawyer Jessie Suarez, Comelec Negros Occidental supervisor, said Bacolod City and the municipal Comelec offices, PNP, and AFP will closely monitor the possible presence of members of the communist rebels in their respective barangays, including the possible arming of some candidates during the election period.
Suarez also reminded all candidates for the barangay polls that the filing of certificates of candidacy will start on October 11 until October 17, except on October 13, which is a Sunday.
So we will be monitoring the intensity of the barangay election and we will monitor their contest, Suarez said.
Suarez said they are just waiting for the official resolution from Comelec Manila about the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
It was supposed to be an additional work for the Board of Election Inspectors that will serve during the polls, he said.
After the passing of the Senate and the House of Representatives Bicameral Committee, the postponement of the SK election awaits the signing into a law by the President.
Suarez said teachers who will serve during the polls will receive a total honorarium of P2,500 each.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2013.