TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the election of barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) officials nationwide on October 29, the Commission on Elections here has announced.
Lawyer Jose Nick Mendros, assistant elections officer for Eastern Visayas, said the Comelec issued Resolution No. 8264 on August 8 setting the guidelines for the holding of the elections.
The last elections for village and youth or SK officials were held June 15, 2002.
Candidates, according to Mendros, have until October 18 to file their candidacies. They have nine days to campaign.
“The campaign period is deemed sufficient …,” said Mendros.
In Eastern Visayas, there are 4,391 villages with a total 2.34 million registered voters for the village elections and 212,123 voters for the SK elections.
To be elected are chairs and eight councilors of villages and chairs and eight councilors of the SK.
The election period, during which there would be a gun and liquor ban, will start September 29 and last until November 13.
A public works ban would cover projects at the village level.
Mendros said the exercise was supposed to be non-partisan.
Earlier, the Department of Interior and Local Government in Eastern Visayas reminded village officials who are on their third terms that they were no longer qualified to run.