The Commission on Elections announced yesterday that 978 aspirants have filed their certificates of candidacies (COCs) for various positions in the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Dumaguete City on May 14.
Of this number, two withdrew their COCs before the deadline for filing, that was extended to April 21, ended, Dumaguete City election officer Gildu Agoncillo said
Agoncillo said the list of certified candidates for next month’s synchronized polls is final, although this has yet to be reviewed by his office before submission to the Comelec main office.
“We still have to go through the list because some aspirants have written down long nicknames, even though the requirement is only for shorter ones,” he said.
There are 30 barangays in Dumaguete City, with 83,140 registered regular voters.
Only two barangays, Motong and Poblacion 5, have uncontested seats for the position of barangay chair, Comelec-Dumaguete records show.
The rest of the barangays have candidates for Punong Barangay of two to five persons.
As for SK chair, Poblacion Barangays 3, 4, 5 and 6 have lone candidates.
Records further show that for Punong Barangay, 80 aspirants have filed their COCs, while 589 are seeking the post of barangay kagawad, 91 are running for SK chair, and 218 for SK kagawads.
Agoncillo cautioned those who plan to withdraw from the electoral race to do it earlier, as the Comelec will have to delete their names from the list before the printing of the ballots.
The campaign period for the candidates will be from May 4 to midnight of May 12.
The Comelec-Dumaguete could not yet determine how many of the barangay officials are incumbent and running for re-election, as they were still collating their data as of Monday.*PNA
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