Filing of COC's for Barangay, SK Polls Starts Next Week, Gun Ban On

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BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Northeastern Mindanao on Friday announced that the filing of candidacy for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will run from October 1 to October 13, 2010.In a command conference with other law enforcement agencies here, the Comelec also announced that the election 45-day gun ban will start on Saturday (Sept. 25).The Omnibus Election Code mandates that during said period, no person shall bear, carry, or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle, or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Comelec.The issuance of firearms licenses is also suspended during the election period.Only regular members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies of the Government who are duly deputized in writing by the Comelec for election duty may be authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period, the Election Omnibus Election Code said.Comelec officials in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) led by Director Francisco Pobe said city, provincial and municipal Comelec registrars will start accepting the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of applicants aspiring for Barangay and SK seats from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on said dates.The officials to be elected on October 25 for the Barangay polls include a Punong Barangay and 7 Barangay Kagawads while a Chairman and seven 7 Kagawads for the SK polls.Under Comelec Resolution 9029, candidates for the Barangay elections must be: Filipino citizens; at least 18 years old on election day; able to read and write Filipino or any local language or dialect; and registered voters of the Barangay where they intend to run for office and residents thereof for at least 1 year immediately preceding the day of the election. …