Comelec releases calendar of activities for the Barangay and SK polls

MANILA — Those interested to run in the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) posts are given only three days to file their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

Based on the Calendar of Activities listed in Comelec Resolution No. 10151, aspirants for the positions in the village and youth elections scheduled on Oct. 31 have to submit their COCs starting Oct. 3 up to Oct. 5.

The nine-day campaign period will be from Oct. 21 until Oct. 29.

The poll body also reminded the aspirants that it is prohibited to make any donation or gift in cash or in kind; construction or maintenance of public roads and bridges; use of armored land, water, or aircraft; and appoint special policemen during the said period.

Campaigning will be prohibited on the eve of elections on Oct. 30 until Election Day.

On Oct. 31, Election Day, voting hours in polling precincts will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Counting and canvassing of votes as well as the proclamation of winning candidates will then take place immediately after the close of voting at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Election Period for the Barangay and SK polls will start on Oct. 1 and will end on Nov. 7.

During the Election Period, the commission prohibits the alteration of precincts or establishment of a new precinct; carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons; use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates; transfer of officers and employees in the civil service; and suspension of any elective local official.

The Comelec said that the period of registration of voters for both the barangay and youth polls will begin on Friday, July 15, until Saturday, July 30.

On the other hand, the last day to file opposition to applications to become registered voters is on Aug. 8. PNA/ northboundasia.com