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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 8, 2018
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All systems go for polls: Guanzon


As far as the Commission on Elections is concerned it is all systems go for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on May 14, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections said yesterday.

Guanzon, who spoke at the #KEBS: Know your Elections Better seminar at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, attended by students from the CHMSC Talisay, Alijis and Fortune Towne campuses, said the affair was part of the Comelec’s nationwide education campaign for young voters.

The Talisay seminar was the 25 th leg of KEBS that is being held in campuses around the country, she said.

It is very important that the young realize the importance of their votes in a free and independent country, she said.

The bottom line is a call for the youth to fully participate in the barangay and at the SK elections by campaigning and voting for people they believe can govern their communities faithfully and honestly, she said.

The Comelec is conducting a voters education campaign with a gender equality component on a nationwide scale through videos at bus, boat and airport terminals and through social and mainstream media, which has never been done before, Guanzon said.

Guanzon said statistics show that there are more female voters in Negros Island and in the entire Philippines, and yet there are only 1 out 5 elected officials nationwide who are females.

Negros Occidental has 1,768,087 barangay election voters of which 863,679 are male and 904,408 are female, Guanzon said.

There are also 612,063 SK voters in Negros Occidental, of which 301,148 are male and 310,915 are female, she added.

In Bacolod City the total registered voters for the barangay polls are 294,854 of which 137,808 or 47 percent are male and 157,046 or 53 percent are female, she said.

Bacolod also has 91,546 SK voters of which 42,936 or47 percent are female and 48,610 or 53 percent are female, Guanzon said.

Negros Oriental has 828,510 barangay election voters of which 409,875 are male and 418,635 are female; and 305,176 SK voters of which 151,663 are male and 153,513 are female, Guanzon added.

“We would like to think we are fully prepared for May 14 but if Congress says they will postpone the polls what can we do,” Guanzon said.

“It is up to Congress but personally, I don’t speak for the Commission, I hope it is not postponed since the proposed charter changed is not ready for a plebiscite yet,” she said.

It would be more efficient in terms of timetable to hold the charter change plebiscite together with the 2019 mid-term elections, she said.*CPG


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