ILOILO CITY, Aug. 27(PIA) – The Commission on Elections here has reminded the voting public that they should not be influenced by anyone in casting their votes for the Barangay and SK elections in October.
Comelec Regional Director Dennis Ausan, said in a radio interview, that Barangay and SK polls are non-partisan, though elected officials can endorse bets, but in their individual capacities, not as members of any political party or parties.
He noted that during the last registration of voters, the deluge of registrants was caused by the fact that they were gathered and brought to the Comelec office.
“This is good because many people are able to register, but this should not mean that voters should feel beholden to anyone,” Ausan said.
He added that Comelec has been intensifying its Voters’ Education Program to make the people understand the value and significance of their right to vote.
“Our duty to vote is sacred; it must be exercised according to conscience,” Ausan said.
He said that elections must be non-partisan, citing a portion of Section 38 of the Omnibus Election Code which says that “No person who files a certificate of candidacy shall represent or allow himself to be represented as a candidate of any political party or any other organization...”
Meanwhile, Ausan said like in the midterm elections last May where those authorized to carry firearms are only the police and the military, a gun ban will be imposed starting September 28 to November 12.
He added that for the police and the military to be allowed to carry firearms, they must be on duty, in complete uniforms and in their respective stations.
The filing of the certificates of candidacy is from October 11 to 17, except October 13 which is a Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., while the nine-day campaign period starts October 18 to 25. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)