COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Thursday reminded barangay candidates in Bohol and Zamboanga City to finish their campaign activities today.
“Last day [of the campaign period is]Saturday. Sunday, wala ng kampaniya until election na,” Brillantes said.
Comelec resolution 9804 stated that “To set a fresh period for campaign from November 15 to 23, 2013, and to prohibit any form of campaign or campaign activities from the date the Certificate of Candidacy [COC] is filed up to November 14, 2013, the day before; and on election day.”
Brillantes also reminded Bohol and Zamboanga residents on the liquor ban that will take effect midnight of November 23 until the election day on November 25.
The Comelec, as per resolution 9807, asked President Benigno Aquino 3rd to declare November 25 as a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga and Bohol in connection with the special barangay elections.
“The is a need to declare November 25, 2013 as a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga City and in the Province of Bohol to afford registered voters therein the opportunity to participate fully in said Special Barangay Elections,” the resolution stated.
The barangay polls in Bohol was moved to November 25 after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province. Department of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Department of Social Welfare Development Secretary Dinky Soliman, the Bohol provincial government, including the Representatives of its three legislative districts and various municipal mayors appealed for the postponement.
“The Commission considers that while it is ready to conduct the Barangay Elections as scheduled, the effect of the earthquake that hit Bohol is of such nature that the holding a free and orderly Barangay Elections has become impossible, and that a month-long postponement of the polls in Bohol would be the most appropriate and practical,” the Comelec resolution 9804 said.
The Zamboanga City election, on the other hand, was reset due to the clashes between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government troops, which affected several barangays.
Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim conducted an ocular inspection of Zamboanga City on October 2 and submitted reports that the “AFP/PNP, DepEd and Local Officials were one in saying that it is imperative that the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections will be postponed.”
“Considering the timeline for the clearing operation, which will take two to three weeks, restoration of peace and order situation and rehabilitation of the city, it is respectfully recommended that Barangay Elections be postponed in accordance with Section 5 of the Omnibus Election Code,” stated Comelec Resolution 9793.