Candidates swarm Comelec

CANDIDATES for barangay and youth elections have swarmed the various offices of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) in the region.

In the city’s first district, the Comelec has already received 437 certificates of candidacy as of press time. No figures were given on the two other districts, but an official said the figure could likely be the same.

Lawyer Marlon Casquejo, Comelec assistant regional director who is also the in-charge of the city’s first district, said they did not encounter any problem since the filing of the candidacy started on Saturday.

The filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) polls will last until April 20. The election is set on May 14.

A report from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Compostela Valley showed that the Comelec has received 51 COCs from the 11 barangays of Mabini, 72 COCs from 21 barangays in Monkayo, and 33 COCs from 16 barangays in New Bataan. Figures from other provinces were yet to be released.

The poll body also reminds the public that the bearing, carrying, and transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons will be strictly prohibited during the election period.

Comelec Resolution 10197, promulgated Sept. 14, mandates that “during the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission.”

On Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was rescued by the police after a bladed weapon was seized from his possession at the Calinan Public Market.


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