SK polls now have anti-dy­nasty clause

A clause ad­dress­ing “anti-po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty” is now in­cluded in this year's guide­lines for the fil­ing of Cer­tifi­cates of Can­di­dacy (COC) for the barangay and SK elec­tions.

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"Must not be re­lated within the 2nd de­gree of con­san­guin­ity and affin­ity to any in­cum­bent na­tional, pro­vin­cial, city, mu­nic­i­pal or barangay of­fi­cial in the lo­cal­ity where the as­pi­rant seeks to be elected," read Sec­tion 3 of the Com­mis­sion of Elec­tions (Com­elec) Res­o­lu­tion 10196.

Com­elec Elec­tion Of­fi­cer Fer­di­nand Gu­jilde said that this is a new ad­di­tion, in re­sponse to po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty.

He added that the de­gree of affin­ity or con­san­guin­ity can be de­ter­mined through draw­ing a fam­ily tree di­a­gram.

In the COC form, an oath stat­ing that an as­pi­rant is in­deed not re­lated to any in­cum­bent elected gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial must be signed.

The can­di­date will be dis­qual­i­fied if proven that he/ she still sub­mit­ted a form de­spite know­ing that he/she has a 2nd de­gree fam­ily mem­ber who holds an elected seat of gov­ern­ment.

“Naa silay oath na mowar­rant sila nga dili sila re­lated. The oath is al­ready part of the COC,” Gu­jilde said.

More­over, an as­pi­rant must be a res­i­dent of the barangay where he or she seeks to be elected for at least a year.

Both SK and Barangay posts re­quire one to be at least 18 years old. For SK, max­i­mum age is 24 years old while the barangay posts has no max­i­mum age limit.

Since 18 years old and above are qual­i­fied for both SK and barangay po­si­tions, a clause un­der Sec­tion 4 states that no per­son is el­i­gi­ble to run for more than one of­fice at the same elec­tion time. If this hap­pens, none of the COC that the as­pi­rant filed will be mer­ited.

Specif­i­cally for SK, an as­pi­rant should also be a qual­i­fied voter of the Katipunan ng Ka­bataan.

More­over, an as­pi­rant must not have been con­victed by fi­nal judg­ment of any crime in­volv­ing moral turpi­tude.

Gu­jilde also em­pha­sized that an as­pi­rant is “not a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party, group or coali­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties” as stated un­der Sec­tion 7 of Res­o­lu­tion 10196.

“Teams (in the barangay level) are not sanc­tioned by law and wala man gi­dala ang name sa par­ties. Walay pro­hi­bi­tion but it's ac­tu­ally a cir­cum­ven­tion of the pro­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

The fil­ing will com­mence on Septem­ber 23 to 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The of­fi­cials to be elected on Oc­to­ber 23 are one punong barangay and seven mem­bers of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Barangay. For SK, one chair­per­son and seven mem­bers. —

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