MANILA – The submission of certificates of nomination for aspirants in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next month in Marawi City starts Thursday.
Based on the calendar of activities for the polls issued by the Commission elections (22 September), the COCs are submitted to the office of the Marawi City election officer.
The archiving period of eight days ends on 30 August.
Those who want to flee from Punong Barangay and members of the Sangguniang Barangay must be a Filipino citizen; a registered voter in the Barangay where he intends to be elected; a resident therein for at least one year immediately prior to the day of the election; able to read and write Filipino or any other local language or dialect; and at least 18 years old on the election day.
Meanwhile, aspirants for the posts of the chairman and councilors of Sangguniang Kabatan must also be a Filipino citizen; a qualified voter from the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK); a resident of the Barangay for not less than a year immediately prior to the day of the elections; at least 18 years old, but not more than 24 years old on the day of the elections; able to read and write Filipino, English from the local dialect.
They must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity with a seated elected national official or with a seated elected regional, provincial, city, municipal or Barangay official in the place where the aspirant wants to be elected; and may not have been condemned by a final judgment of a crime with moral condemnation.
To be elected in the coming polls are a Punong Barangay and seven members of the Sangguniang Barangay, as well as an SK chairman and seven SK members.
Meanwhile, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Wednesday that they did not expect many people to file COCs in connection with the planned elections, as the war-torn city is still recovering.
"We are dampening our expectations, surely there will be filers, but how many of them will run will be difficult to say," he said in a press conference.
"It's a recovering conflict area, so it's really hard to gauge the extent to which people are willing to go to the office," Jimenez added. (PNA)