23,318 run for barangay positions in Cebu-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
MORE than 20,000 candidates in Cebu Province hope it will be their names voters write down in their ballots in today’s barangay elections.
But for about 13,600 of these candidates, today will end in a loss.
Based on records of the Office of the Election Supervisor, 2,566 are running for barangay captain and 20,752 for councilors all over the province, including the lone districts of Cebu City and Lapu-lapu City.
But there are only 1,203 barangays in the province, and fewer than 9,700 elective positions at stake. Only 1,203 out of the 2,566 candidates for barangay captain will win.
Write the names of your preferred candidates clearly, reminded the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“Maging maingat. Yung unang line para sa punong barangay and yung succeeding lines para sa barangay kagawad (Be careful. The first line is for the barangay captain’s name and the succeeding lines are for the council members),” said Comelec 7 Director Temie Lambino.
There are 7,599 clustered precincts in Cebu, including the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Cebu. An express lane for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens will be available. The SM City Cebu mall will set up polling places for PWDs and seniors as well.
Each clustered precinct will serve 400 registered voters, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At 3 p.m., the poll clerk will jot down the names of the voters who are still in line, said Lambino.
Comelec north district election officer Atty. Marchel Sarno said those who are still in the polling area after the 3 p.m. cutoff will be accommodated, provided that their names are listed.
“Human ana, tawagon ilang names unya kung matawag na ug ikatulo unya wala sila, di na sila ka-botar (Their names will be announced thrice, and if they do not show up, only then will they be unable to vote,” he said.
After the voting, Sarno said the results in each clustered precinct will be counted and will then be forwarded to the barangay board of canvassers. Winners will be proclaimed in the polling center.
The winners will probably be proclaimed, Sarno said, around 9 or 10 p.m., considering that this year’s barangay elections will be manual.
Both Lambino and Sarno assured that Comelec is ready for the elections.
Sarno said that the Comelec, together with the City Treasurer’s Office, already distributed the non-accountable forms including the estimated 1,500 ballots to the polling places in Cebu City.
Also, they have already posted the computerized voters list in the different public elementary and secondary schools that will be used in today’s elections.
In Mandaue City, 66 candidates are vying for 27 positions for barangay captain, while 527 are competing for the 189 positions for councilors.
Julie Ballesteros of the City Treasurer’s Office, which is assigned to distribute election paraphernalia, said the Board of Election Tellers were expected to claim the ballots, the ballot boxes, indelible ink and the padlocks for the ballot boxes at 4 a.m. today.
Lots of bets
Some 90 personnel from the Treasurer’s Office were mobilized to distribute the materials.
In Consolacion, where there are 66,010 registered voters, 46 candidates are vying for 21 positions for barangay captain while 392 are vying for 147 positions for councilors.
The town has 194 clustered precincts.
Election Officer Ferdinand Horteleno said they expect peaceful elections in Consolacion today, saying the town has no history of election-related violence.
In Lapu-Lapu City, 177,484 voters are expected to vote in 495 clustered precincts.
At least 76 candidates are running for 30 positions for barangay captains, while 594 are vying for 210 seats for barangay councilors.
In Cordova, where there are 30,925 registered voters, 27 candidates are vying for 13 seats for barangay captain while 210 are competing for 91 positions for barangay councilors.
The town has 89 clustered precincts in 11 voting centers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.