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Barangay, SK elections to push through in October - Comelec

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (8 September) -- The synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will push through in October this year.

This was the assurance given by Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty. Eddie Aba during a recent Kapihan forum held by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in the midst of speculations that the upcoming barangay and SK polls will be postponed.

"Madayon gyud ang elections because a budget has already been set aside for this and there is no basis to postpone the elections to a later date," stressed Aba.

He disclosed that the election period will start from Sept. 10 and end 15 days after October 25, 2010.

Aba said that the gun ban and other election-related prohibitions will be enforced during the same period.

The election officer said that unlike the national elections held last May, this year?s barangay and SK polls will follow the conventional process. "This time, our ballots are not pre-printed and voters will have to write down the names of the candidates just like in previous elections," said Aba.

Aside from this, the upcoming elections will not utilize counting machines in counting the number of votes.

"Now that there are no PCOS machines, balik ta sa kinaraan and we have to write down the names of the candidates of our choice," said Engr. Fred Magallano, member of the Diocesan Electoral Board here and one of the speakers in said forum.

COMELEC central office in Manila has cited Negros Oriental for its "remarkable accomplishment" in the May 10 national elections.

"Our COMELEC chairman did not hesitate in issuing certificates of appreciation for the organizations here in the province who played vital roles in the last election," disclosed Aba.

Aba said the province showed the best results among in the recent elections "despite the problems that we faced."

He noted that among the provinces in Region 7, it can be recalled that Negros Oriental holds the highest record for insurgency in addition to the presence of private armed groups.

The elections officer But because of the cooperation from the NGOs, the Philippine National Police and the military specifically the 302nd infantry brigade, we were able to have a well-conducted elections last May 2010, said Aba. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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