COMELEC Barangay Election and SK 2018
Finally, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission of Election (COMELEC) will push through with this year’s Barangay Election 2018 and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Election 2018. After being postponed for almost two years now, it is time for new leaders to lead the community.
(Three C’s )
Certificate of Candidacy and Campaigning
For this year’s Barangay Election and SK Elections, filling up of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) will start on April 14, 2018 and end at April 20, 2018. Campaigning period for the running candidates will be allotted from May 2 – 12, 2018.
James Jimenez the COMELEC Spokesperson have assured that the ballots are ready as they will be using the same ones originally printed for the October 2017 slate. The counting of the votes will be done manually since it is a smaller scope unlike the Presidential Elections. The budget for this year’s SK Elections is summed up to PHP 6 Billion. Election Day will be on May 14, 2018.
Schedule of Activities for Barangay Election 2018 & SK Elections 2018:
Date & Period
|March 15, 2018 to June 13, 2018||Illegal release of prisoners before and after election. (Sec. 261 (n), OEC)|
|Friday March 30, 2018||Last day of submission of requests/petitions for transfer of voting centers/polling places|
|April 14, 2018 to April 20, 2018||Filing of Certificates of Candidacy (Sec. 7, R.A. 6679) in relation to Sec. 29, R.A. 6646|
|April 14, 2018 to May 21, 2018||ELECTION PERIOD||Alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct. (Sec. 5, R.A. 8189)
Carrying of firearms or other deadly weapons (Sec. 32, R. A. 7166)
Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates (Sec. 33, R. A. 7166)
Coercing, threatening, intimidating or terrorizing any election official or employee in the performance of his election functions or duties. [Sec. 261 (f), OEC]
(NOTE: Until proclamation of winning candidates)
Transfer or detail of officers and employees in the civil service including public school teachers. (Sec. 261 (h), OEC)
Organizing or maintaining reaction forces, strike forces or similar forces. (Sec. 261 (u), OEC)
Suspension of any elective provincial, city, municipal or barangay officer. (Sec. 261 (x), OEC)
|April 14, 2018 to May 14, 2018||Vote-buying and vote-selling (Sec. 261 (c) OEC)|
|April 14, 2018 until proclamation of winning candidates||Wagering upon result of election. [Sec. 261 (c), OEC]|
|April 14, 2018 to May 14, 2018||Raising of funds thru dances, lotteries, cockfights, etc. (Sec. 97, OEC)
Holding of barangay assemblies and candidates fora. (Sec. 47, OEC Removing, destroying, obliterating, defacing, tampering or preventing distribution of lawful election propaganda. (Sec. 83, OEC).
|May 4, 2018 to May 12, 2018||CAMPAIGN PERIOD|
(Sec. 7, R.A. 6679)
Holding of barangay assemblies and candidates fora. (Sec. 47, OEC
|Making any donation or gift in cash or in kind. (Sec. 104, OEC)|
(Note: prohibition includes the day before election and election day)
Appointing or using special policemen, special/ confidential gents or the like. (Sec. 261 (m), OEC)
Using armored land, water or air craft (Sec. 261 (r), OEC). (Note: prohibition includes the day before election and election day)
Policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards of public officials or candidates [Sec. 261 (t), OEC]
|May 4, 2018 to May 13, 2018||Construction or maintenance of barangay funded roads and bridges (Sec. 3, R.A. 6679) as amended by Sec. 4, R.A. 10923
Appointment or hiring of new employees, creation of new position, promotion, giving of salary increases, remuneration or privileges. (Sec. 261 (g), OEC) as amended by Sec. 5 of R.A. No. 10923
|Sunday May 13, 2018||EVE OF ELECTION||Campaigning (Sec. 3, OEC)
Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor, etc., (Sec. 261 (dd), OEC)
Giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value (Sec. 89, (OEC)
|Monday May 14, 2018||ELECTION DAY|
Casting of votes (From 7:00 o’clock a.m. to 3:00 o’clock p.m.) (Sec. 190, OEC)
|Campaigning (Sec. 3, OEC)
Using the voter’s affidavit of another for the purpose of voting, whether or not he actually succeeds in voting. [Sec. 261 (y) (10), OEC]
Destroying, substituting, or taking away from the possession of those having legal custody thereof, or from the place where they are legally deposited, any election form or document or ballot box which contains official ballots or other documents used in the election. [Sec. 261 (z) (12), OEC].