Friday, October 15, 2010

Bohol poll body ok’s 33,484 candidates

FOR BOHOL’S 1,109 barangays, some 33,484 candidates have been officially considered by the Commission on Elections in Bohol as candidates in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) synchronized elections October 25.

This as 729,815 registered voters in Bohol as of the last elections are expected to troop to their respective precincts to pick their preferred candidates listed by the poll body as the filing of certificates of candidacies closed on the midninght Wednesday, October 13.

The number could be more as this elections include Sangguninag Kabataan members whoc can already vote at 15.

Age of political maturity in the Philippines is pegged at 18.

Opened slots for the local are a seat for Chairman and seven barangay council members or kagawads in each barangay while similar positions are also at stake in the barangay youth council or SK.

According to the data furnished by the Comelec, a total of 2,147 of these candidates eye the office of barangay chairman, while 17,008 are running for the seven slots opened for the barangay council members.

For the SK, 2,359 are interested in 1,109 slots for youth barangay SK chairman while 11,970 youth are running to get elected as SK councilor.

While Comelec Bohol agree that there are barangay chairmen’s seats that remain uncontested, some seats in some towns are vied by three or more eager candidates.

Over this, the local Comelec through Atty. Eliseo Labaria reiterates that the barangay election is in nature, non-partisan so that the filing of candidacies would be by individual and no slate is expected.

A cusory look at the local scenes however reveal that unseen hands of mayors and allies is still prominent, as the battle for the coveted Association of Barangay Councils get its material from the polls.

And as the election period rolls starting September 25, the issuance of appointments, promotions and creation of new positions as well as giving salary increases in government officer and instrumentalties are prohibited.

The period has also banned fund raising activities through dances, lotteries and cockfights, Comelec said. (racPIABohol)

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