Barangays told: Back SK, village polls-A A +A
Thursday, September 12, 2013
TWO election officers yesterday warned local officials that they can be held criminally liable for committing an election offense if they will refuse to share the cost of the barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Oct. 28.
Lawyer Edwin Cadungog of the Comelec in Cebu City and lawyer Ferdinand Gujilde, an election officer detailed at the Comelec Cebu provincial office, said it is clear in Comelec Resolution 9739 that all barangays must share the cost of the barangay and SK elections in the amount of not less than P10,000 and not more than 10 percent of the SK funds.
Cadungog said the resolution is based on Section 51 of Batas Pambansa 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code.
“If the barangay officials ignore that, then I must remind them that failure to give contribution (to the cost of barangay and SK elections) constitute an election offense,” Gujilde said.
Cadungog said the contribution of the barangay to the Comelec will go to honoraria, transportation allowance and training of the Board of Election Tellers (BET).
This BET, Cadungog said, is equivalent to Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) during national and local elections.
Cadungog said they continued printing the list of voters to make it ready for the barangay and SK elections.
This, as the Election Board is still in the process of approving or denying the transfer of voters from one precinct to another during the 10-day registration period last July.
He said that while there were petitions filed by some parties against transferees for lack of residency, among others, most of these were dismissed based on technicalities.
Cadungog said that in filing a petition to prevent a voter from transferring from one precinct to another, a procedure must be followed with no short cut.
If there are 300 people who are the subject of the petition, there should be one petition per person.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 12, 2013.