Negros Occidental provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday reminded those planning to run for chairpersons and members of the Sangguniang Kabataan in the May 14 polls that an anti-dynasty provision is in place.
SK candidates must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected officials in the area where the aspirant seeks to be elected, he said.
Those running for barangay captain and for Sangguniang Barangay members must also not be part of any political party, group or coalition, he added.
The filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 14 barangay and SK polls will be from April 14 to20, and guidelines provided in Comelec Resolution 10196 promulgated Sept. 13, 2017 will apply, Suarez said.
The Comelec announced yesterday that the COCs for the May 14 polls can now be downloaded online.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez advised those who are looking to participate in the polls to download their copy so that this early, they will have an idea on what they need to know about the COC.
The COCs may be obtained either at the local Offices of Election Officers (OEOs) or downloaded from the Comelec website.
Under the law, no person shall be eligible for any barangay or SK position unless he files a sworn COC.
For the barangay election, one barangay captain and seven Sangguniang Barangay members and one SK chairperson and seven SK members will be elected, Resolution 10196 states.
Those running for barangay captain and SB members must be Filipino citizens, a registered voter of the barangay where he or she intends to be elected, a resident for at least one year, able to read and write in Filipino or other local language or dialect, and at least 18 years of age on election day.
Those running for SK chairperson or member must also be Filipino citizens, a qualified voter of the Katipunanng Kabataan, a resident of the barangay for not less than one year, at least 18 years old but not more than 24 years of age on the day of the election, able to read and write Filipino, English or the local dialect and must not have been convicted by final judgment of any crime involving moral turpitude.
The election period, which will include a gun ban, will be from April 14 to May 21.*CPG
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