Resolution 8297, the Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of candidacy for the B&SK elections, was published today in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Malaya (the paper versions only, sorry).
We’ll be electing one Punong Barangay and 7 Sangguniang Barangay Kagawads. The same thing goes for the SK (Section 1).
Candidates for Barangay positions must be Filipino citizens, at least 18 y/o on election day, able to read and write in Pilipino or any local dialect, registered voters in the barangay they’re running in, and residents of the plae for at least one year immediately preceding the elections.
Candidates for SK have the same qualifications, except that they must be at least 15 but under 18 y/o (Section 2).
There are a lot of grounds for disqualification:
- sentencing by final judgment for an offense involving moral turpitude or for an offense punishable by one year or more of imprisonment, and within two years after service of sentence;
- removal from office due to an administrative case;
- conviction by final judgment for violating allegiance to the Republic;
- dual citizenship, unless – at the time of the filing of the c-o-c – the candidate makes a personal and sworn renunciation of his foreign citizenship;
- becoming or being a fugitive from justice (this includes those who flee after conviction and those who flee after being charged in order to avoid prosecution);
- permanent residency in a foreign country
- insanity and feeblemindedness
- being guilty of vote buying, committing acts of terrorism to enhance his candidacy; overspending in the campaign, having solicited illegal contributions, and having committed election offenses. (Section 3)
Petitions for disqualification may be filed at any time before proclamation; if a candidate is disqualified before election day, votes for him will not be counted; if he is not disqualified before election day, wins and is proclaimed, the disqualification case persists; in such case, his proclamation may be suspende, upon motion, if evidence for suspension is strong (Section 11).
Appointive officials who run for B&SK are considered automatically resigned. Elective officials are not (Section 4).
Certificates of candidacy can be filed from Sept 14 to 19, 2007. If a person files a c-o-c for two positions, he won’t be eligible for either, but he may withdraw one c-o-c before the deadline for filing c-o-c’s. The c-o-c must be filed with the EO who has jurisdiction over the barangay (Section 5).
A candidate may withdraw his candidacy at any time, but not ater than 3 days before election day (Section 8).
No substitution of candidates, except in case of death. Candidates should indicate in their c-o-c’s the names of the persons (in order of preference) who can substitute them should they die (Section 9).
Grounds for cancellation of c-o-c’s: Nuisance – under Section 69, OEC; and material misrepresentation in the c-o-c – under Section 78 (Section 10).
Got all that? Also check out the actual resolution over at inside the COMELEC.