The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has released the guidelines on the filing of certificates of candidacy in connection with the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
The COMELEC en banc, in Resolution No. 9029 promulgated September 21, 2010, said Filipino citizens who are at least 18 years of age on the day of the elections, able to read and write Filipino or any local dialect and are registered voters and residents of the Barangay where they intend to run for office for at least one (1) year prior to Election day, are qualified to run for the Punong Barangay and Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad positions.
SK candidates, meanwhile, must be Filipino citizens, at least fifteen (15) years old but less than eighteen (18) years old on Election Day; able to read and write Filipino, English or the local dialect; qualified members of the Katipunan ng Kabataan of the Barangay where they intend to run for office and residents thereof for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the election; and must not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
Candidates for the Barangay and SK positions must file a “sworn certificate of candidacy” in person or through a duly authorized representative during regular working hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM from October 1, 2010 to October 13, 2010 at the Office of the Election Officer of the city/district or municipality concerned. On the last day of filing, the Office of the Election Officer shall receive the COCs until 12:00 midnight.
COMELEC spokesman James JImenez said that as of August 20, 2010 there are 48,889,266 registered voters for the Barangay positions while there are 2,419,530 registered SK voters.
These voters are expected to troop to 36,227 voting centers nationwide on Election Day, Jimenez said. ###