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Zambo voters to elect new Brgy, SK officials today


By Hader Glang

Voters in Zamboanga City will troop to the polling precincts today, Monday,  May 14, 2018, for the much awaited Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)  elections that had been postponed twice.

The polling precincts will be open from 7:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon. The elections will be done through manual voting and counting, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The positions of punong barangay (village captain), 7 kagawads (members of the Sangguniang Barangay or village council), SK chairperson, and 7 SK members are up for grabs.

The Barangay and SK elections, which will be held across the 98 barangays of the city, 37 in the 1st district and 61 in the 2nd district, have a total of 3,676 candidates.

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, first district election officer, told the media here that a total of 257 aspirants have filed for barangay captain, 97 of them in district 1 and 160 under district 2.

Cañete said 2,144 aspirants filed for Barangay Kagawad, 874 of them under district 1 while 1,270 in district 2.

He said some 102 youths in district 1 have filed for SK chairperson and members while 152 in district 2.

"We have a total of 1,021 candidates for SK Kagawad, 442 of them under district 1 and 579 in district 2," he added.

Accordingly, a decline in the number of regular and SK voters in this city was recorded early this year.

Cañete said that the registered regular voters in his area have declined by 388 from 226,452 to 226,064.

This developed after the two Election Registration Boards (ERBs) in the city's two congressional districts, cleansed the list of voters of double registrants, transferees, without biometrics, and those who have died.

For the SK, Cañete said the registered voters declined by 2,934 from 76,740 to 73,806.

In the second district, the number of registered regular voters have declined by 3,019 from 213,208 to 210,189. The SK registered voters have also declined by 2,815 from 70,021 to 67,206.

Cañete advised after the elections, winning and losing candidates must submit their campaign expenses and contributions report to Comelec by June 13.

He also advised voters to check their precinct numbers as early as possible to avoid delays in voting during election day.

As of writing this report, the police said there has been no recorded election-related incident of violence since the start of the campaign period on May 4 for the Barangay and SK elections.

Local authoriries reminded everyone the do's and don'ts on election day and called on all candidates to play fare.

The Comelec also reminded the public that voters aged 15 to 17 will receive only the red SK ballot while those aged 31 and above will use only the barangay ballot.

"Voters aged 18 to 30 will vote using both types of ballots. A liquor ban will be in place until 12:00 a.m. Tuesday while the election gun ban will be in effect until May 31," Comelec said in a statement posted on its official website.

"Results of the elections are expected to be out by Monday night for majority of the villages and before Tuesday morning for larger barangays," it added. Hader Glang

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