Editorial | After the polls

NOTHING marred the conduct of the elections yesterday despite reports of violations that broke out in some precincts in the city. It may have been due to the heavy presence of our uniformed officers in various parts of the city, or the candidates must have been quite circumspect in their actions against their opponents this time.The Commission on Elections 11, said about 2.8 million registered voters were expected to troop to the 3,822 clustered precincts in the region. There was no figure on whether the past elections (2016) had a rise or fall in the number of voters in the commission’s upgraded list.

There were also 2,573 candidates for barangay captains; 21,252 candidates for barangay council; 2,982 candidates for SK chair, and 21,252 candidates for SK council.  Many are willing to serve at the local unit and throw their hat in the political ring, despite the difficult challenges faced by the barangays in local governance.

The precincts closed at 3 p.m. and the counting of votes has started. If everything was peaceful yesterday, we wonder if the next few days, when the winners are announced, will also be as peaceful. We expect there will be losing candidates who will not concede defeat gracefully, after pouring in funds, time and effort to take the seat.

This is after all, the Philippine elections.

What we are more interested in is whether there will be candidates, losing or not, who will help clean our city. We’ve had enough of the faces in tarps and posters everywhere and if they are truly the good people who can lead our barangays forward, we hope that they will also take the responsibility of keeping their campaign materials off the streets and restore order to their community.

Win or lose, they have the duty to clean the community as well as the greater responsibility of filing their Statement of Contributions and Expenses to the Comelec 30 days after the elections.

If they don’t, they will be forever banned from holding public office.


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