Monday, June 24, 2013

Comelec issues calendar for 
barangay, SK, Oct 28 polls
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 24, 2013 (PIA) – By the looks of it, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is keenly into implementing the mandated October 28 synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. 

This too as President Benigno Simeon Aquino said he would rather like the elections pushed through, despite earlier statements by the poll body to possibly postpone the polls for some cited reasons. 

By virtue of Resolution 9715 promulgated June 18, 2013, the Commission has prescribed the election calendar for the upcoming local polls. 

For voters who may have missed the registration set for the May 13 polls, the registration for new voters, disenfranchised voters for successive failure to exercise the suffrage and for those intending to transfer for a new voting precinct, the Commission has set July 22 (Monday) to July 31 Wednesday as the dates for filing applications as a voter or transfer of registration records, according to Resolution 9715.

By August 5, this will be the last day for posting notices of hearing of applications for registration or transfer of registration records, all opposition to the applications and complainants are given until August 8 for the complainants to file their dissent, Comelec said. 

On August 12, the Election Registration Board hears and approves or disapproves applications held in protest, while those who have been disapproved can still appeal for inclusion until August 30, according to the poll calendar. 

All along the Comelec will have to set up the Board of Election Tellers and the Barangay Board of Canvassers until September 9. 

September 30 would be the last day for the posting of the Computerized Voters List (CVL) for the purposes of the synchronized barangay and SK elections. 

The same resolution pegs the start of the Election Period on September 28 and this runs until November 12. This constitutes 30 days before the day of the elections and some 15 days after it, Comelec en banc resolved.

Since then too, issuances of promotions, appointments, creation of new positions, salary increases in government are placed on hold, changes in territory of a precinct or putting up of a new one, illegal release of prisoners, fund raising activities, carrying of firearms, maintaining reaction strike forces, transfer and detail of officers and employees of the civil service including those in public schools are banned. 

Also included in the ban are suspension of elective city, municipal and barangay officials, and the use of security personnel as bodyguards of a candidate is prohibited. 

Those interested to join the race and throw their hats at the local polls file their certificates of candidacies between October 15-17, or within three days as Comelec ruled.

For the October 28 polls, campaigning starts October 18 and ends October 26, which constitutes ten days prior to the day before elections.

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