Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday said that when the election period starts on Sunday, numerous prohibitions, aside from the ban on guns, will be in place.
The election ban will be implemented from January 13 to June 12, and during this period, bearing, carrying or transporting firearms, unless authorized in writing by the Commission on Elections, will be prohibited as stated in COMELEC Resolution 9385.
Also to be prohibited will be the transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service; alteration of territory of a precinct, or establishment of a new precinct;
Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, unless authorized in writing by the Commission; organization or maintenance of reaction and strike forces, or other similar forces; and suspension of elective local officials, except those ordered for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The campaign period for national candidates starts February 12 and, for local bets, on March 29 until May 11. Election day is on May 13.
Meanwhile, Suarez said he has recommended the delisting of two areas in Negros Occidental classified in the last election as Category 2, or places with intense political rivalry and with history of violence.
He said Pulupandan has already been delisted, while he has also recommended that Calatrava town be included. This is subject to validation of the COMELEC regional office, he said.
But Category 2 will probably still remain over Escalante City, Suarez said.*CPG