Comelec postpones proclamation of 584 winning candidates-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday postponed the proclamation of about 580 winning candidates in the barangay elections after receiving several complaints and petitions for disqualifications.
Comelec Director Esmeralda Amora-Ladra said that the proclamation of a total of 584 winners will be deferred due to several petitions such as the candidate is either a deactivated voter, not registered or already a three-termer.
In the information released by the Comelec Law Department, 48 candidates are facing disqualification charges since they are allegedly a deactivated voter, 444 were reportedly not registered in their supposed barangays, and 85 already finished their three-term limit.
Region 12 or the Soccskargen has the most number of disqualification cases filed with 147 proclamation have been postponed. Most of the winning candidates were facing allegations that they are not a registered voter in the barangays where they ran either as barangay chairman or kagawad.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), 40 are facing possible disqualifications, 20 of them were reportedly deactivated voters, 18 are allegedly not registered and two were already three-termer.
Esmeralda said that the data released by the poll body is still tentative and may change depending on the merit of the disqualification cases filed against the candidates involved.
She noted also that the one-month election period in the quake-hit Bohol and the areas in Zamboanga City affected by the stand-off have just started last October 25. Those two said areas will hold their elections this November.
Meanwhile, more than 680 persons have been arrested in the on-going gun ban.
Based on the 1:50 p.m. report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) 683 were caught in various operations and checkpoints set-up nationwide. The breakdown shows that 633 of them were civilians; eight from police; nine from the Armed Forces including three civilian militia; 25 security guards; and eight government officials.
The election gun ban will end on November 12. (Sunnex)