Erring bets warned of disqualification-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ERRING candidates in the barangay elections may face disqualification and possible imprisonment, said Bacolod election registrar Mavil Majarucon-Sia on Tuesday.
She confirmed to Sun.Star Bacolod that one complaint filed against a candidate was already forwarded to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal department while two other complaints are under review by her office.
Majarucon-Sia said that violation of the guidelines imposed during the elections, particularly on the posting of campaign paraphernalia, was filed against Barangay 4 village chief-elect Freddie Vargas. The complainant was incumbent barangay captain Antonio Ongsingco.
He said Ongsingco filed the complaint last Sunday or a day before the elections, citing Vargas violated the rules by posting campaign stickers on public utility vehicles and pedicabs.
She said her office is currently studying the violations committed by candidates in Barangay Singcang-Airport, where opposing camps set up makeshift tents in front of a polling precinct in violation of the Omnibus Election Code.
Reports have it that the opposing camps of incumbent barangay chief Rosine Disttrito and his challenger both set up tents in front of JR Torres Elementary School and had offered food, drinks and handed campaign flyers.
On alleged vote buying incident in Barangay 16, Majarucon-Sia said they had to evaluate first the complaint filed by barangay chief Nelson Ligaya against his opponent, Freddie Pablico.
Majarucon-Sia said the camp of Ligaya reported the incident to the local police office and had the alleged vote buying attempt recorded in a police blotter entry.
She also revealed A 65 to 70 percent turnout in the recently concluded barangay polls, but added this is a little bit lower compared to the May 2013 national and local elections.
The low turnout, she added, could be due to the fact that some people did not vote as they do not know who are running in their respective villages.
She said Monday’s elections were peaceful.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 30, 2013.