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Voters registration
July 22-31: Suarez


The registration of voters for the October 28 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be from July 22 to 31, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

Suarez said the COMELEC promulgated Resolution No. 9715 on Tuesday that set the calendar of activities for the October 28 polls.

The filing of certificates of candidacy will be from October 15 to 17, and the barangay and SK election period will be from September 28 to November 12, Suarez added.

During the election period, a ban will be in place on the carrying of firearms and deadly weapons, including the wearing of uniforms and insignias; and the raising of funds through dances, lotteries and cockfights, Suarez said.

A ban will also be in place on the issuance of appointments, promotions, creation of new positions or giving of salary increases in government offices, agencies or instrumentalities, he said.

The alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct, the illegal release of prisoners, and organizing or maintaining  strike forces are also prohibited during the election period, Suarez added.

The ban also covers the transfer and detail of officers and employees in the Civil Service, including public school teachers; and the suspension of any elective provincial, city, municipal or barangay officer.

Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, whether or not such bodyguards are regular members or officers of the Philippine National Police or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, or other government law enforcement agencies, will also be banned during the election period, Suarez said.

Also banned from October 18 to 26 are the construction or maintenance of provincial, city, municipal or barangay funded roads and bridges, he added.

The sale of intoxicating liquor will be banned on October 27 and 28, as well as the giving, accepting of free transportation, food, drinks and things of value, Suarez said.

Suarez also stressed that vote-buying and selling are prohibited.

Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or similar sports are also banned on October 28, he added.

The filing of sworn statements of election contributions and expenditures is set on November 27.*CPG



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