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Election period starts September 14 - Comelec

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (12 September) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set September 14 as the start of election period in connection with the scheduled Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) slated October 29.

Acting Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of COMELEC-Aklan and concurrently Acting Kalibo Election Officer Lorena Tumbagahan said the adjusted date of the start of the election period was the result of the just amended COMELEC resolution setting new dates for the different election-related activities.

Based on the amended COMELEC resolution, Tumbagahan said the election period starts September 14 and ends November 13 of this year. The filing of Certificates of Candidacies for both Barangay and SK candidates will start Sept. 14, and will end October 18; while the campaign period starts October 19 and will end October 27, she revealed in an early morning press conference with the local media here today at the Provincial COMELEC Office on the amended resolutions.

As with the recent May 2007 national and local elections, the COMELEC-Aklan Acting Election Supervisor said prohibited acts will be imposed to everybody. Candidates for the barangay and SK elections, being non-partisan, will also spend a minimal amount or budget of P5.00 for each voter, just like an independent candidate did during the recent elections.

Currently, COMELEC-Aklan is at its height of preparations for the Barangay and SK elections.

"As long as there are no pronouncements or amendatory law to postpone the elections, it should go on as scheduled, and we at COMELEC-Aklan are prepared for this activity," Tumbagahan told the Aklan media in the press conference.

Last week, a committee of the House of Representatives approved a bill seeking to defer the Barangay and SK elections set on Oct. 29 to the second Monday of May 2009.

On the part of Malacaņang, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita also said last week that the Palace will abide by the decision of the two Houses of Congress on the fate of the Barangay and SK elections as mandated by law.

Aklan has now a total of 300,578 voters for the regular elections, while there are 25,182 registered voters for the SK elections.

During the May 2007 elections, Aklan had a total of 273,709 registered voters.

Tumbagahan said the increase in Aklan voters was due to new registrants and tranferees from other provinces as well as those who applied for reactivation. (PIA) [top]

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