Com­elec to hold spe­cial SK elec­tions

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

119 Barangays in Baguio City is set to un­dergo spe­cial elec­tions to fill up the va­cant po­si­tions in the San­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan and barangay po­si­tions fol­low­ing the fail­ure of can­di­dates to sub­mit their state­ment of con­tri­bu­tions and ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE) af­ter the May 2018 SK and Barangay Elec­tions.

Lawyer John Paul Martin, Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion (COM­ELEC) Baguio Su­per­vi­sor ex­plained this fol­low­ing their meet­ing with the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) in the city to know the im­por­tant de­tails in the con­duct of the spe­cial elec­tions.

“We have met with the DILG re­gard­ing the fill­ing up of un­filled SK po­si­tions be­cause they

have the guide­lines with re­gard to the con­duct of spe­cial elec­tions. As to the is­sue of fail­ure to file SOCE for both the SK and Barangay of­fi­cials, both us in the Com­elec and DILG are still wait­ing for the fi­nal me­moran­dum com­ing from both our cen­tral of­fices on how it is to be done if ei­ther we will re­quire them to file for a cer­tain pe­riod for them to be able to sit or not,” Martin said.

“There will be a spe­cial elec­tions for the 119 barangays to fill up the un­filled po­si­tions. A pre­elec­tion ac­tiv­ity will be sched­uled which I think con­sist of a five day reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod which will be fol­lowed by the sched­uled elec­tion to be an­nounced by the DILG which will prob­a­bly be set on a week­end this Jan­uary,” Martin added.

The process of the spe­cial elec­tions will be through nom­i­na­tion sim­i­lar to the fed­er­a­tion elec­tions fol­lowed by se­cret bal­lot­ing, can­vass and fi­nal procla­ma­tion.

The va­can­cies was not only due to the none fill­ing of SOCE’s, but was also due to the lack of in­ter­est by sup­posed vot­ers and mem­bers of the San­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan to run for the var­i­ous po­si­tions

“The un­filled po­si­tions have been va­cant for more than six months be­cause sup­pos­edly, they should have started to serve June 30, 2018, and this has been a long pe­riod for them to have not filed their SOCE’s,” the Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor stated.

From the 208,248 to­tal reg­is­tered vot­ers of Baguio City in the re­cent Barangay and SK Elec­tions, 120,723 casted their votes with 96,943 for barangay and 22,780 for the San­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan.

Of the 55 win­ning can­di­dates, a barangay cap­tain is fac­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion to­gether with 11 barangay ka­gawads, three SK chair­men and 40 SK ka­gawads as of June 2018.

It was learned there were 344 can­di­dates in the barangay elec­tions and 114 for the San­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan win­ning can­di­dates who have not sub­mit­ted their SOCE.

Com­elec Baguio is still await­ing its En-Banc on its de­ci­sion if it would al­low the late sub­mis­sion of SOCE’s com­ing from the win­ning can­di­dates, but if it de­cides oth­er­wise, the win­ning can­di­dates would have to face dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­ceed­ings pre­vent­ing them to sit as win­ning can­di­dates.

Sec­tion 12 of the Om­nibus Elec­tion Code on Disqual­i­fi­ca­tions also states any per­son who has been de­clared by com­pe­tent au­thor­ity in­sane or in­com­pe­tent, or has been sen­tenced by fi­nal judg­ment for sub­ver­sion, in­sur­rec­tion, re­bel­lion or for any of­fense for which he has been sen­tenced to a penalty of more than eigh­teen months or for a crime in­volv­ing moral turpi­tude, shall be dis­qual­i­fied to be a can­di­date and to hold any of­fice, un­less he has been given ple­nary par­don or granted amnesty.

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