Barangay elections: Know what's banned, and more
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - It's election season once again, this time in the barangays.
On Monday, Oct 28, 2013, voters will troop to polling precincts for the 2013 barangay elections.
The day has been declared a special non-working holiday by Pres. Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation No. 656.
The post of barangay captain and seats in the Sangguniang Barangay (barangay councils) are at stake in 42,028 barangays across the country. A total of 54,051,626 registered voters are expected to cast their votes.
The smallest administrative unit in the Philippines, barangays provide frontline government services to Filipinos, especially those in far-flung areas.
In its website, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) posted a list of barangay captains who have served for 3 consecutive terms or more in office.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK, or youth council) elections, originally scheduled to take place simultaneously, was postponed by Congress last Tuesday, September 24.
On Friday, October 4, Pres. Aquino signed Republic Act 10360, formalizing the postponement.
Outgoing SK officials will have to relinquish their posts after their terms end on November 30, due to a "no holdover" stance by Congress. Also, no temporary appointments to SK will be made.
The election period began on Saturday, September 28 and will last until November 12, which is 15 days after the polls.
Here are other important dates in this year's barangay elections:
|October 11 to 17
(except October 13)
|Filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC)|
|October 18 to 26||Campaign Period for candidates|
|October 28||Election Day (from 7 am to 3 pm only)|
|November 27||Deadline of filing of statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE)|
Comelec, through Resolution No. 9715, put in place guidelines on the conduct of the polls.
Be aware of these rules, because on the first 11 hours of the election period alone, 2 civilians – one each in Calaca, Batangas and Roxas City, Capiz – were arrested by authorities for violating the gun ban.
Here is a handy infographic on prohibited acts during the election period. Hover your mouse pointer over each icon for details about a specific ban.
Liquor ban starts Oct 27
Comelec Resolution No. 9715 also set the following restrictions during the campaign period, on the day before the elections, and on election day itself:
|Campaign period until election day||
|Day before election until election day||