Not too many aspirants for the barangay polls on October 28 turned up on the first day of filing of the certificates of candidacy yesterday in Negros Oriental.
Partial records received by the provincial Commission on Elections from its city and town offices showed that only 170 candidates for barangay captain and 1,607 for kagawad filed their COCs.
The report does not include the Comelec offices in Sibulan, Tanjay, Bindoy, Jimalalud, La Libertad, and Bayawan City.
Mabinay town topped the list with 25 aspirants for barangay captain and 264 for kagawad. The others are Canlaon City, 9 brgy captains and 95 kagawads; Valencia, 7 and 47, Vallehermoso, 8 and 67, Amlan, 3 and 29, Siaton, 7 and 62, Basay, 4 and 38, Ayungon, 24 and 161, Sta. Catalina, 13 and 123, Zamboanguita, 1 and 3, Tayasan, 13 and 92;
San Jose, 3 and 24, Dumaguete City, 10 and 141, Pamplona, 5 and 44, Bais City, 18 and 190, Guihulngan City, 14 and 129, Manjuyod, 16 and 118, Bacong 1 and 17, and Dauin, 3 and 18, for barangay captain and kagawad, respectively.
Negros Oriental has 557 barangays with 799,275 registered voters for the barangay elections, Comelec records show.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Eddie Aba reiterated his call for candidates to file their COCs early and avoid last-minute hitches. No reports of untoward incidents have reached the Comelec on the first day of COC filing, he added.
Filing of COCs will be until October 17, and the campaign period is from October 18 to 26. The ongoing election period will end November 12.*JFP
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