Bontoc Comelec ready for October 29 polls
by Andrew Doga-ong
BONTOC, Mt. Province (22 September) -- The municipal office of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) of this capital-town is all set for the conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 29, 2007.
Alfred Focasan, COMELEC Municipal Officer said his office is just waiting for September 28, the start of filing of Certificate of Candidacies until October 18. He said several candidates want already to file their COCs.
Positions contested in the forthcoming barangay polls on October 29 are one punong barangay, one SK chairman, seven sangguniang barangay kagawads and seven SK kagawads in every barangay.
Focasan advised the Barangay and SK candidates for all the positions to bring along with them three copies of 1.5 X 1.5 of their latest ID picture, Community Tax Certificate (CEDULA), Documentary Stamp and Drug Test Certificate when filing their COCs.
COMELEC Resolution No. 8302 requires the mandatory drug testing of all candidates in Department of Health's accredited and authorized drug testing centers. Focasan said drug test certificates should be filed at the COMELEC municipal office within the duration of COC filing period.
Under the law, candidates vying for punong barangay and sangguniang barangay kagawad should be Filipino citizens; at least 18 years old on election day; able to read and write Pilipino or any local language or dialect; are registered voters in the barangays where he/she intend to run, and residents of the barangays for at least one year immediately precedin g the day of the elections.
For candidates of SK positions, the law also requires that they should be Filipino citizens; at least 15 years old but not more than 18 years old on the election day; are qualified voters of the Katipunan ng Kabataan of the barangays where they intend to run for office, and are residents of the barangays for at least one immediately preceding the elections.
Out of the 16 brgy captains of Bontoc, only Herman Farnican of Malicgcong who is on his third term, is barred from seeking reelection.
Director John Castaneda of the National Barangay Operations Office of the DILG clarified that third termer barangay captains are no longer eligible to run for re-election, however, they are allowed to run as kagawad. Having been elected in 1994, are covered by the three-term consecutive term limit ruled under the law, he said.
Bontoc has a total voting population of 13,910 for the Oct. 29 polls. (PIA-MP) [top]