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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

COC filing for barangay and SK elections starts

Iloilo City (13 September) -- The Commission on Election (Comelec) will start accepting the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of those who would like to run in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 29 today, September 14.

Jonathan Sayno, Election Assistant of the Iloilo Election Officer said the period for filing of COCs will start September 14 until midnight of October 18. He, however, clarified that for the whole month of September the filing of COCs will be accepted only during office hours and for the whole month of October until Saturday.

The officials to be elected on October 29 for the Barangay election include a Punong Barangay and 7 Barangay Kagawad while for the SK election, a Chairman and also 7 SK Kagawad.

Under COMELEC Resolution 8297, qualified to run as Punong Barangay and Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad are: Filipino citizens, at least 18 years old on election day; able to read and write Pilipino or any local language or dialect; and registered voter of the barangay where they intend to run for office and residents thereof for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election.

On the other hand, candidates for SK Chairman and Kagawad must be: Filipino citizens; at least 15 years old but less than eighteen (18) years old on election day; able to read and write Pilipino, English or the local dialect; and qualified voters of the Katipunan ng Kabataan of the barangay where they intend to run for office thereof at least one year immediately precedingt the election.

Sayno advised those who will file their COCs both in the Barangay and SK elections to attach in every copy of their COCs the result of their drug test.

He added that the contenders have also to notarize their COCs and indicate therein the name of the person who shall take his place in case of death.

Sayno warned candidates that once they have already filed their COCs they are already subject to election laws. Hence, they are not allowed to appear in any public gathering or post campaign materials yet as the campaign period will still start on October 19 until 27.

Under election rules premature campaigning is a ground to disqualify candidates if proven guilty by the COMELEC. (PIA) [top]

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