Comelec reminds bets to follow rules-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog reiterated his call for peaceful and clean barangay elections on October 28, with candidates not resorting to mudslinging.
“Everyone must respect the right of others and let us help the Commission on Elections make this election in our city an honest exercise of suffrage,” Mabilog said.
So far, the city is enjoying a peaceful election process as no untoward incident was reported on the fourth day of the election campaign. The campaign period started October 18 until October 26.
A total of 3,934 candidates vying for the position of punong barangay and barangay kagawads in 180 villages in the city have filed their certificates of candidacy (COC).
Candidates for barangay captain in the city totaled to 353, while 3,481 are vying for barangay kagawad.
The Commission on Election (Comelec) records show 5,200 COCs were filed in the 2010 elections. But the drop of COCs in the 2013 barangay polls is mainly due to the non-election of officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan this year.
The Comelec said the candidates must follow rules stipulated in the Omnibus Election Code rules on campaigning.
City Comelec registrar Reinier Layson said that campaign expenses are based on population, with only P5 per person in the barangay. Candidates were also reminded that making any donations or gift in cash and in kind is prohibited.
Raising of funds through dances, lotteries, cockfights, and other benefit activities are also prohibited, Layson added.
He said the candidates cannot use security personnel or bodyguards who are officers of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other government law enforcement agencies. (LCP)