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Qualified voters for SK, barangay polls

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Right after the assumption to office of the newly-elected officials in the recently concluded midterm election and as they started their brand new mandate, the preparations for the October 28, 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are now being put in order.

That’s why the Commission on Election (Comelec) is now calling on all qualified voters to register on time or if possible earlier than the scheduled deadline to avoid the last minute rush.

The start of the registration for new voters, transferees and those who are delisted from the Comelec started July 22 and this will be accepted up to July 31.

Promulgated on June 18, 2013, COMELEC Resolution 9716 provides the rules and regulation on the resumption of the system of continuing registration of voters.

The resolution also says that the one who can register as voter is any Filipino citizen, at least eighteen years of age on or before the scheduled election, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote for at least six months before the election, and who not otherwise disqualified by law.

If you are a former registered voter who was delisted or not in the voters’ list of COMELEC or any registered voter who has transferred residence to another city or municipality, at least six months before the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections, you may apply for registration or for transfer of your registration record by personally appearing before the Election Officer of your new residence.

But if you are a registered voter and your name has been changed by reason of marriage or court order or by order of the Civil Registrar or Consul general, you may also file an application for change of name by personally accomplishing three copies of the prescribed application form.

For those who want to file their certificates of candidacy (COC) for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, they can file their COCs from October 15 to 17 during regular office hours at their respective municipal or city election officers.

If you are a Filipino citizen, a registered voter where you intend to be elected, a resident of the barangay for at least a year before election day, and able to read and write and at least be 18 years old and SK candidate who is at least 15 years old but less than 18 years old on October 28, you can file your COC as qualified candidate.

The qualified voters will elect one barangay captain and seven councilmen of the barangay council.
The qualified Filipino youth voter for the SK polls will vote one chairperson and seven members of the SK.

If you are a government official who plans to file a COC, remember that you are deemed resigned, as soon as you file your candidacy.
Wanna be candidate and be a frontliner of government services in your barangay? Run for public office and remember that a public office is a public trust. ●

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