Rivals urged to file DQ before proclamation-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is urging rivals of barangay polls candidates to file petitions for disqualifications, if any, before the proclamation of winners.
Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes said, petitions to disqualify due to vote-buying, illegal acts of campaigning and other violations of election laws should be done as soon as possible.
“The proclamation of the winner is our time of reckoning (for petitions for disqualification),” said Brillantes while noting that proclamation of winners can come as early as midnight.
Afterwards, the poll chief said the case will already be considered a petition to annul proclamation or an election protest case, which are considered as more tedious proceedings.
Brillantes noted that pending petitions to disqualify are not among those the commission en banc decided to suspend proclamation.
“We can still disqualify them afterwards so we are not suspending their proclamation,” said Brillantes.
Also, Brillantes said there are about 300 individuals running in barangays where they are not registered voters.
“If you are not a registered voter, you are not eligible to run. You are not qualified to run,” he said.
Aside from that, the commission en banc also decided to suspend the proclamation of four candidates that have been criminally convicted by the courts.
Section 6 of Republic Act 6646 provides that: “If for any reason a candidate is not declared by final judgment before an election to be disqualified and he is voted for and receives the winning number of votes in such election, the Court shall continue with the trial and hearing of the case… the Commission may order the suspension of the proclamation of such candidate whenever the evidence of his guilt is strong”.
The poll body said the suspension will remain until their cases have been resolved by the Comelec division handling their cases.
Brillantes, though, said their target is to resolve these cases on or before noon of November 30 when the current terms of barangay officials end. (HDT/Sunnex)