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Thursday, October 17, 2013
AS WE write this piece, which subject is about the coming barangay elections that will be held more than one week from now, we were hesitant to continue writing. We were not sure whether to go on or not.
While we think that the earthquake last Tuesday, and the aftershocks that have gone on even as we write this, has nothing to do with the scheduled elections, still the Commission on Elections (Comelec) does not seem to be sure, too.
But I noticed that those who want to be candidates for the elections are not taking any chances of not being able to participate. They have gone on with their thing.
In fact, as the report in yesterday’s issue of Sun.Star Cebu about the earthquake said, the tremors have not prompted candidates to shy away from filing with the election offices their certificates of candidacy (COCs) in order to be assured of participation in the barangay elections.
In Talisay City, it is said that some 205 individuals who are aspiring to be candidates, according to an election staff, submitted their COCs.
But since no one was allowed inside the Talisay City Hall, which reportedly suffered some “structure damage” from the earthquake, “the Talisay City Election Office was transferred to the Senior Citizen’s Office located at the back of City Hall.
At any rate, the Comelec has reportedly raised the possibility of postponing the barangay elections, although only in the earthquake-affected areas. This plan, though, is set to be discussed by concerned officials in a conference set for today.
But some sources speculated that a number of candidates might oppose the idea since they have already spent some money during their early campaigns.
As to the venues of the voting, which are the public schools, school officials reported that most of the buildings have been inspected and were found to be in quite good condition except for a number of buildings, such as in Barangays Labangon, Tisa II, and in Punta Princesa where some schools should not be occupied.
But just some 303 candidates filed from the South District, and 308 from the North District.
On the whole, there was no strong positive push to postpone the elections, although there were suggestions that since yesterday was the last day of the filing of COCs, it might be good if the hours of filing could be extended to give ample time to those who might be late in doing so.
The proposal, if our democratic way of life should be served will and sufficiently, to grant more time to late filers considering the continuing tremors of the earthquake we just had, is I think sound enough to be positively considered.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.