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Comelec reiterates guidelines for barangay, SK polls

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has reminded aspiring public officials of the rules and regulations in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on October 30.

In a press conference on May 22, newly-installed Antique Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) lawyer Salud Milagros C. Villanueva urged to be-candidates to revisit and follow standing laws and the guidelines of the Commission on the different aspects of the election.

Ahead of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) from August 28 to September 2, Villanueva said that the basic qualifications remain the same, stressing that aspirants must be at least 18 years of age for barangay positions and at least 18 but strictly not more than 24 years old by the day of the election for SK posts.

She added that SK candidates must not be convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, or acts contrary to justice, modesty, or good morals, and must have no relationship within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected official in the locality where the aspirant seeks to be elected.

The first degree of consanguinity, or relationship by blood, belongs to a candidate’s spouse, children, 

and parents, while the second degree encompasses siblings, grandchildren, and grandparents; on the other hand, the first degree of affinity, or relationship by marriage, is with parents-in-law, while the second degree is tied to siblings- and grandparents-in-law.

The official also enjoined registered voters and the public, in general, to contribute towards a peaceful, credible, and successful election in the province, saying that exercising one’s right to vote is a way of giving value to the democracy that Filipinos fought so hard for in the past.

The election period and gun ban will begin on August 28 and will last until November 29, which is also the last day for all candidates in filing the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

The Commission then warned against campaigning outside of the designated campaign period from October 19-28 and said that a liquor ban will also be imposed from October 29 until the election day on October 30.

Comelec Antique is also in close coordination with government peacekeeping forces such as the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, and Armed Forces of the Philippines to guarantee peace, order, and public safety in the conduct of the local polls.

In Antique, the Commission logged some 404,233 registered voters for the barangay election and over 147,000 for the SK election, with 1,313 clustered precincts.

Voting centers will be open from 07:00 am to 03:00 pm and will accommodate persons with disabilities (PWD), pregnant women, and senior citizens through the Emergency Accessible Polling Places (EAPP). (AGP/BPS/PIA Antique/Photo Courtesy: Comelec)

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