Sun Star Bacolod



THE PROVINCIAL office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reminding the candidates in the October 30 Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan Elections to submit their Statement of Contributi­ons and Expenditur­es (Soce) before the deadline on November 29.

Provincial election supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said Monday, November 27, that there are local government units in Negros Occidental that has a low percentage of candidates submitting their Soce.

Those who fail to submit their Soce will be notified by the poll body.

The submission of the Soce is a requiremen­t prescribed by the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippine­s to determine compliance with the expenditur­e limit of a candidate.

There will be no extension of deadlines for the filing of Soce for candidates who participat­ed in the BSKE held on Oct. 30.

The Comelec will also verify whether the candidates adhered to the mandated maximum spending limit of P5 per registered voter.

During the election campaigns, candidates affiliated with political parties have a spending limit of P3 per voter, while independen­t candidates have a limit of P5 per voter.

In the BSKE, however, all candidates were considered independen­t candidates under Section 38 of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippine­s, which states that the barangay election is non-partisan and should be conducted efficientl­y and inexpensiv­ely.

No candidate can be represente­d as a member of any political party, political group, or organized group.

Failure to file the required statements or reports regarding electoral contributi­ons and expenditur­es will result in penalties, and individual­s may be barred from holding public positions, Ananoria pointed out.

According to RA 7166, failure to comply shall constitute an administra­tive offense, for which the offenders shall be liable to pay an administra­tive fine ranging from P1,000 to P30,000 at the discretion of the election body.

A second offense, the administra­tive fine would range from P2,000 to P60,000, and the offender would be subject to perpetual disqualifi­cation from holding public office.

Even those who have withdrawn from the election must submit their Soce, Comelec stated.*

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines