Election period in Bohol, Zamboanga starts Saturday-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
THE election period for the Barangay elections in Bohol and Zamboanga City starts on October 26 until December 10.
Earlier, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) postponed the October 28 village polls in the said provinces due to the earthquake that hit Bohol last week and the hostilities in Zamboanga City last month.
In both provinces, the poll body has set the Election Day on November 25, Monday. Polling precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Candidates running for barangay chairman and kagawad posts may file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) from November 7 to 13.
Comelec Resolution Nos. 9804 and 9805, approved the fresh campaign period schedules for candidates in Bohol and Zamboanga City, respectively in connection with the village polls.
The election period has been set from October 26 up to December 10, which is 30 days before and 15 days after the scheduled polls.
On the other hand, the poll body prohibits any form of campaign or campaign activities from the date the COC is filed up to November 14, 2103, the day before and on election day.
Candidates were also given until December 26, 2013 to file their sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (Soce).
October 28 polls
Barangay elections in other parts of the country will proceed as scheduled on Monday, October 28.
A liquor ban will be in effect on Sunday (October 27) and Monday (Election Day), said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez. The ban covers the selling, offering, buying, serving and taking of intoxicating liquor, said
"Starting 12:01 of October 27 until midnight of October 28, an election liquor ban will be implemented nationwide except in the province of Bohol and in Zamboanga City," he said.
Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said voters should make sure that they do not over vote on the barangay chairman position or their votes will be invalid.
"Kapag dalawang pangalan ang sinulat, stray na yun kasi single position lang ang chairman," he said.
However, in the case of barangay kagawad, if the voter voted more than seven in the ballot for the said position, only the first seven names will be counted.
80 percent turnout
Comelec expects an 80 percent voters' turnout for the Monday polls.
Brillantes said that the poll body has projected a higher voters' turnout due to the awareness of the voters of the situation in the place where they live.
"Mas malaki dapat ngayon. We are expecting a turnout around 79-80 percent," Brillantes said.
He added that the agency is all systems go for Monday's event as the last batch of delivery of election paraphernalia and others materials arrived in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and the National Capital Region.
"Actually tapos na kaming lahat. OK na yung last batch", Brillantes said.
The poll body will be spending a total P3.4 billion for Monday's elections.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy around 8,000 police personnel to ensure poll security on Monday.
Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo, NCRPO chief, said that they are monitoring several areas in Metro Manila placed under election watchlist areas (EWA).
Based on the NCRPO's assessment, 41 barangays in Metro Manila are being closely monitored by the authorities for possible election-related violence. (With HDT/Sunnex)