The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has moved the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October to give the public more time to prepare.
In a press release, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the Comelec en Banc approved Tuesday the updated election timeline “should the elections not be postponed” by a bill pending for approval at the Congress.
The election period will now be on October 1 to 30. Filing of certificates of candidacies (COC) will run from Oct. 5 to 11, while the campaign will commence from Oct. 12 to 22.
The twin polls is still set on October 23.
According to Jomel Ordas, spokesperson of the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor, Palawan has a total of 239,724 and 616,375 registered voters for SK and Barangay elections, respectively.
It can be noted that the Comelec earlier announced the election period for synchronized polls from September 23 until October 30, and the COC filing on September 23 to 30. It also previously set the campaign period from October 13 until 21.
The Comelec said it resolved to continue the elections unless the house bill postponing it will finally be passed into law.
Two weeks ago, the Congress approved on second reading the said bill moving the said synchronized polls to May 2018. The bill, however, has yet to be approved for third and final reading.
With the changes in election timeline, the effectivity of election prohibitions, particularly the gun ban, is likewise moved on October 1, instead of September 23 as previously announced.
However, Jimenez added, the scheduled period for the applications filing for gun ban exemption starting Sept. 21 remains unchanged.
During the election period, it is prohibited to carry firearms and other deadly weapons, use of security personnel or body guards by candidates, transfer or detail of officers and employees in the civil service including public school teachers, and suspend any elective public officer.
Ordas said Wednesday the provincial office is still busy finishing the preparatory activities for the said polls. These include, among others, the briefing board of election tellers, election officers, barangay board of canvassers, deputized agency, as well as the delivery of accountable and non-accountable forms.