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for premature campaigning

The Commission on Elections has issued more show cause orders to aspirants in the Oct. 30 Barangay & Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in Negros Oriental for alleged premature campaigning.

Lawyer Eliseo RZ Labaria, acting provincial election supervisor, said Thursday this brings to a total of 40 BSKE aspirants who have been asked to reply to complaints filed against them that they should not be disqualified from the upcoming polls for violating pertinent provisions of the law.

As of Wednesday, the new show cause orders were forwarded to the different election officers who will deliver these to the respondents, he said.

The respondents are from Bais City (three); Valencia (10); Bayawan City (two); Dumaguete City (three); Ayungon (three) and Amlan (19).

In Amlan, of the 19 “violators”, an entire slate of aspirants comprising one barangay chair, seven barangay council members, one SK chair, and seven SK council members, were the subject of the same complaint.

Labaria said the complaints were on alleged premature campaigning such as on social media either by the aspirant-candidate their families and/or supporters, and the putting up of tarpaulins and posters.

He is expecting more show cause orders to arrive from the Comelec central office, where the complaints are being coursed through via a hotline.

The Comelec official said the respondents are given three days to file their reply upon receipt of the order before the poll body will act on the complaint and determine their culpability.

Meanwhile, Labaria cautioned aspirant-candidates who are related up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity to an incumbent elective official are not allowed to seek election anywhere in the province as this is a ground for disqualification as mandated by law.

He said his office is looking into reports that some of the poll bets are allegedly violating this law and the relationship between and among the aspirants and incumbents can be easily traced, based on documents such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate. (PNA)

 

 

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