Results of barangay polls known by midnight on Monday-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
BY MIDNIGHT, results of the October 28 barangay elections may already be known, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the minimal number of voters in every barangay makes it easier to count despite the use of the manual system of voting.
"Medyo mas mabagal ang counting ngayon hindi pareho nung automated elections. Magkakaroon siguro ng mga proclamation within the day probably before midnight yung mga mabibilis," said Brillantes.
At most, he said, could be within three days.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia explained that the difference in the period of proclamation depends on the size of the barangay and the corresponding number of voters.
"On the average, there are only about three to five polling precincts per barangay so proclamation can be made quickly. But there are also some, like here in Manila, where there are 90 precincts in a barangay," said Guia.
Proclamations of winning barangay captain and barangay councilmen can be made right in the voting center of the barangay, said Guia.
Data showed that there are a total of 36,768 designated voting centers in the country housing 170,603 clustered precincts.
The commission made the projection after declaring their readiness to hold the elections for barangay chairmen and councilmen.
Brillantes said the poll body is ready to accommodate the 54,051,626 registered voters on Monday as everything is set except in those areas where election was postponed, particularly in the quake-hit province of Bohol and entire City of Zamboanga, which was recently affected by the standoff between the government security forces and the Moro National Liberation Front breakaway group led by Nur Misuari.
"Ready na kaming lahat. Wala ng problema," Brillantes said.
According to Comelec, a total of 809,136 filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for this next week's election in which 94,124 are eyeing the post of barangay chairman while 715,012 aspirants aims to bag a seat in the seven-man Sangguniang Barangay in their respective areas.
Each polling precincts has an average of 400 voters, he said.
He added that the poll body will spend around P1 billion for the allowance of the teachers who will render election duties while P100-million will be allotted for the overall nationwide security operations. Some P60 million will go the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the remaining P 40-million will be given to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Also, the heady of the poll body said that the gun ban in Bohol and Zamboanga City will be extended since the schedule of in those areas where moved to November 25. The gun ban for the regular polls ends on November 12.
As of 12:48 p.m., Wednesday, 483 have been arrested in various operations and checkpoints put up across the country. Police data show that 452 were civilians, five from police, four from the AFP, 18 security guards, and three government officials.
Brillantes also remind all the 42,028 barangays all over the country regarding their P10,000 share of the budget for the elections.
He claimed that the said share, which was implemented last July through Comelec Resolution 9739, is in accordance with the law which requires all barangays to set aside no less than P10,000 from their general funds to help defray election expenses.
Brillantes said that all violators will face penalties but added that they are considerate with the areas affected by the recent magnitude-7.2 quake.
"Bohol is a special case since nilindol ang mga tao dun but aside from that, all other barangay should abide by the resolution," Brillantes said.
For his part, Comelec Commissioner Al Parreno related that they are already 95 percent through with the deployment of the election paraphernalia and supplies to be used on Election Day.
"Wala naman kaming nakikitang problema sa pagde-deliver," said Parreno.
Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim said deployment is already finished nationwide except in the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. (With HDT/Sunnex)