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Sunday, May 13, 2018

50 Things About the Barangay and SK Election 2018


1. There are three age groups that will be voting in the #BSKE2018:
(A)those who are 15-17 y/o – who will be voting exclusively for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections;
(B) those who are 18-30 y/o – who will be voting for both the Barangay AND Sangguniang Kabataan elections;
(C) and those who are 31 years old and up, who will be voting exclusive for the Barangay elections.

2. The 15-17 year old voters will only have ONE ballot – the SK ballot; the 18-30 year old voters will use BOTH the Barangay ballot AND the SK ballot; the 31 years old and up voters will use only the Barangay ballot.

3. The SK ballot is clearly marked with the words “Sangguniang Kabataan” in red ink;

4. The Barangay ballots bound for Mindanao will feature Arabic translations.

5. All ballots bound for Mindanao will be dated “May 14, 2018.”

6. All other ballots, i.e., for use outside of Mindanao, will be dated “October 23, 2017“

7. The ballots will have the name of the position being contested, followed by the number of spaces corresponding to the number of slots for that position. So, for the position of Barangay Chairman, there will be ONE space; for the position of Kagawad, there will be SEVEN.

8. The #BSKE2018 will be a fully manual elections – vote counting machines will NOT be used.

9. Candidates can only run for ONE position. For example, a twenty-year old person CAN run under either the SK or Barangay elections, but CANNOT run for for positions in BOTH the SK and Barangay elections.

10. Only the names that are written by the voter on these slots can be counted as valid votes; the rest may be considered over-votes and stray.

11. The presence of over-votes will not automatically invalidate a ballot, unless the Board of Election Tellers determine that they constitute ballot marking; marked ballots will be invalidated.

12. Ballots are considered “marked” when they feature writing, symbols, or other indications that allow them to be identified. Marked ballots are considered a violation of the secrecy of the ballot.

13. Voters should take care to write legibly.

14. Voters should take care to write the names of their choices as they appear on the Official List of Candidates. Otherwise, those votes may be contested.

15. THE EQUITY OF THE INCUMBENT – when the voter writes only the surname of the candidate, and there are two or more candidates with same surname, and one of the candidates is an incumbent, that vote automatically gets credited to the incumbent.

16. Example of Equity of the Incumbent – The voter writes “Cruz” on the ballot; there are three candidates with the same surname: Adeline Cruz, Boyet Cruz, and Carlo Cruz, and Adelina Cruz is an incumbent. The vote is automatically counted for Adeline Cruz, the incumbent.

17. Voters will not be allowed to take pictures of their filled-up ballot.

18. All candidates will be required to file Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs).

19. SOCEs must contain, among other things, detailed accounts of contributions made to the campaign, copies of the appropriate acceptance documents pertaining to those contributions. This will include the value of facilities made available to the candidate for free, such as the use of vehicles.

20. The SOCE must include detailed lists of expenditures made for the campaign.

21. If the candidate claims not to have spent anything or received any donations, a “zero expenditure” SOCE must still be filed.

22. Filing a SOCE is required once a person has filed a certificate of candidacy; the SOCE is required even if the candidate claims not to have spent anything; it is required even from losing candidates.

23. The period for filing SOCEs ends on June 13, 2018.

24. Failure to file a SOCE may result in the winning candidate not being allowed to take office; repeat violations may result in disqualification from holding public office.

25. The spending limit for the #BSKE2018 is 5 pesos per voter in the barangay where the candidate is running for office. For Example: if Barangay X has 3,000 registered voters, then the spending cap for candidates running in Barangay X is 3,000 x 5 pesos, or 15,000 pesos.

26. In the same example, if neighbouring Barangay Y has 20,000 voters, then the spending cap for Barangay Y candidates will be 20,000 x 5 pesos, or 100,000 pesos.

27. Note that the spending limit is based on REGISTERED VOTERS, not population.

28. Campaign overspending may result in disqualification from holding office.

29. Candidates are encouraged to refrain from extravagant spending on the campaigns, even if they stay within the spending limit.

30. Printed materials must conform to the maximum sizes prescribed by the COMELEC – posters cannot be larger than 2’x3′.

31. Spelling out the name of a candidate with a series of posters, each measuring 2’x3′ (for example: one 2’x3′ poster for C, followed by another poster for R, and U, and Z) will not be allowed.

32. There will be Common Poster Areas. Posting propaganda materials outside of the common poster areas is prohibited.

33. Putting up posters on private property is allowed, PROVIDED that the property owner has given consent.

34. Using metal wire or steel nails to affix posters to trees and other plant life is prohibited.

35. Candidates are encouraged to use recycleable materials for their propaganda materials.

36. Candidates are encouraged to run “clean campaigns;” do not litter, properly dispose of empty water bottles, styrofoam food packs, plastic bags and similar.

37. The use of social media for campaigning is currently allowed. Any expenditures incurred in relation to the use of social media for campaigning (for example: sponsored Facebook posts) must be reported; production costs for campaign videos must also be reported.

38. The period for filing Certificates of Candidacy will begin on April 14, 2018. The period will end on April 20, 2018.

39. The GUN BAN commences on April 14, 2018 and will run until May 21, 2018.

40. A Liquor Ban will be enforced.

41. Campaigning and other partisan political behaviour and activities are strictly prohibited in the polling centers and polling places.

42. Campaigning and other partisan political behaviour and activities are strictly prohibited in the polling centers and polling places.

43. Wearing campaign t-shirts, caps, and the like at the polling centre and polling place will be considered partisan political behaviour.

44. Handing out flyers and sample ballots within the polling centre and polling place will also be considered partisan political behaviour.

45. Candidates and barangay officials should not loiter in the polling centre and polling place. Once they have cast their ballots, they should leave.

46. Barangay officials should NOT interfere in the conduct of elections; this includes pressuring Boards of Election Tellers to allow certain people to vote.

47. The giving of free transportation (hakot) to the polling centre or polling place is prohibited. This applies even if the free transportation is given in the guise of a “barangay service.”

48. Regular voting hours are from 7AM to 3PM.

49. If, at 3PM voters are already in line to vote, or are otherwise already within 30 meters of the polling place, they will be given the chance to cast their ballots even beyond 3PM.

50. Vote counting will begin after the close of voting. Depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the barangay, counting may last until midnight of election day or even beyond. 

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