Campaign period for barangay polls ends

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Election chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. emphasized on Friday that the barangay campaign period will end 12-midnight of Saturday, October 26, 2013.
“At 12:01 of Saturday, candidates are no longer allowed to campaign,” the poll body chief told reporters.

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The barangay campaign period began 12:01 of October 17 until 26.

Also, on Sunday the liquor ban of the Comelec will begin, in which it will last until midnight of October 28 or midnight of the election day.

Noting that the barangay elections will be done in a manual process, Brillantes reminded the voters to write legibly of the candidates’ names they are voting for.

Meanwhile, he observed that some candidates have the same first names and surnames, the Comelec urged the voters to write the complete name of the candidates.

“Ang warning lang is tingan niyo mabuti kung pareho family name tingan niyo na ilgay niyo yung first name para hindi ma sayang yung balota,” Brillantes cleared.

However he clarified, that they allow first name of the candidates given that they do not have the same name running for the same position.

“I appreciate kung first name only or surname only, but preferably because this is barangay (elections) we noticed in the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) marami ang magkapapareho ang family name,” Brillantes disclosed.

For the province of Bohol, the barangay elections will be on November 25 after it was postponed by the polls body due to the massive effects of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck on October 25.

The barangay candidates in Bohol were given additional two days for the filling of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

Brillantes noted that before the earthquake happened in Bohol there were candidates who have successfully filed their COCs.

Meanwhile, election period for Bohol will begin on October 26, Sunday which will end on December 10.

On the other hand, Brillantes reiterated to the barangay candidates not to participate in the relief operations and distributions to avoid any election offence.

Under the new promulgated Comelec resolution, “any such participation shall be treated as an election offense of vote buying”.

“The COMELEC ruled that all releases in relation to the relief and rehabilitation efforts shall be turned-over to, administered and disbursed by the Philippine National Red Cross through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)including the respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(LDRRMC),” it said under the resolution.

Robertzon F. Ramirez

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