Three unopposed candidates are running for seats in the Board of Central Negros Electric Cooperative for Districts II, III and VII on Saturday, Roel Venus, Ceneco Member-Consumers Integrated Services Division chief, said yesterday.
Venus said the District election will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
He said incumbent Ceneco director Jojit Yap and incumbent Ceneco vice president Dwight Carbon are the official candidates of Districts III (Bacolod Central) and VII (Municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto), respectively.
Venus said there were four consumer-members who filed their certificates of candidacy for District II (Bacolod South) but only two qualified.
However, since Eugenio Velasco, one of the two qualified candidates, withdrew his candidacy yesterday, Beda Tumbos is left as the official candidate for District II, he said.
Venus said they are still enticing all Ceneco member-consumer-owners (MCO) to vote because all electric cooperativesare beingrequired by the National Electrification Administration to come up with 25 percent of the total member’s populace.
He cited, as example, District II where there are 39,000 MCOs, so 25 percent of its total members is about 9,000.
They explained to the candidates yesterday that they need to deliver 25 percent of their total member’s populace, Venus said.
The District Election Committee and Steering Committee met with the candidates Monday to inform them of the new guidelines of NEA. In the past, a candidate who is unopposed can win a seat in the Board if he only gets five or 10 votes, he said.
Venus said this will be the first implementation of the new mandate from NEA.
He said they have opened 21 precincts for District II, two precincts for District III, and for District VII, they have opened two precincts for Murcia and one for Salvador Benedicto at its municipal hall.
Consumer-members are required to bring any valid government-issued ID with picture if they do not have a Ceneco ID during the District election on Saturday, Venus added.*CGS
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