Com­elec: All b’gay, SK poll win­ners pro­claimed

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By MAYEN JAY­MA­LIN – With Janvic Ma­teo

Three days af­ter the elec­tions, all the newly elected barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) of­fi­cials have been pro­claimed.

“Äs of 9:02 a.m., we are at 100 per­cent procla­ma­tion for the baranga=y and SK elec­tions,” Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) spokesman James Jimenez an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Data from the Com­elec showed that there were 1,178,300 in­di­vid­u­als who filed their Cer­tifi­cates of Can­di­dacy (COCs) for last Mon­day’s polls. Of the to­tal num­ber, 89,889 fil­ers were seek­ing to be­come barangay chair­man while 654,608 were run­ning for ka­gawad or coun­cilor.

Some 85,916 filed their COCs for SK chair­man and 347,887 for SK ka­gawad.

Jimenez at­trib­uted the early procla­ma­tion of win­ners to pub­lic vig­i­lance in safe­guard­ing the elec­toral process and the ex­cel­lent co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the poll body and its part­ners.

Ac­cord­ing to Jimenez, all Com­elec of­fi­cials na­tion­wide com­pe­tently ex­e­cuted all the as­pects of the com­mis­sion’s plan for the May 14 barangay and SK elec­tions.

But poll of­fi­cials said the com­mis­sion will sus­pend the procla­ma­tion of those who were over­aged and who vi­o­lated other elec­tion rules.

There were re­ports that some can­di­dates in the SK elec­tions were over­aged.

He said the Com­elec will check if any of those over­age can­di­dates have won so the Com­elec can sus­pend the procla­ma­tion.

The Com­elec is yet to de­ter­mine the ac­tual turnout of vot­ers in last Mon­day’s elec­toral ex­er­cise.

All elected SK of­fi­cials should un­dergo the manda­tory one-day train­ing be­fore as­sum­ing their posts, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Youth Com­mis­sion (NYC).

The NYC re­minded those who won to get in touch with their re­spec­tive lo­cal youth de­vel­op­ment or lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions of­fi­cers to check the sched­ule for the SK manda­tory train­ing.

The youth body said a spec­i­fied train­ing pe­riod is set from May 17 to 26 to ac­com­mo­date over 300,000 SK of­fi­cials set to as­sume of­fice on June 30.

NYC of­fi­cer-in-charge Ronald Cardema said the one-day train­ing will have mod­ules cov­er­ing top­ics such as gover­nance and de­cen­tral­iza­tion; SK his­tory and salient fea­tures of the SK re­form law; meet­ings and res­o­lu­tions; plan­ning and bud­get­ing; code of con­duct and eth­i­cal stan­dards.

Cardema said only elected SK chair­per­sons who have com­pleted the manda­tory train­ing could par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing elec­tions of lo­cal SK fed­er­a­tions.

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