Three hundred seventy local candidates for the October 28 Barangay elections in Bacolod City filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections – Bacolod Field Office on the first day of filing yesterday.
Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia yesterday said they consider the early filing of COC's of 33 candidates for barangay captain and 337 candidates for kagawads from the different barangays in Bacolod City, a welcome development.
This will help them start preparing the certified list of candidates, she said. They may be able to have the complete list by October 21, she added.
Majarucon-Sia said that after the filing of the COC's, they need to identify barangays where there may be intense political rivalry.
During the election, she plans to assign election assistants in far-flung barangays so that, in case problems arise, these will be addressed right away, she said.
“Based on COMELEC procedures, candidates have to submit to us the list of watchers that they will appoint so we can disseminate this to the Board of Election Tellers who will serve during the election,” Majarucon-Sia said.
The Bacolod City Police Office will strictly monitor the activities of the candidates who have filed and will be filing their certificates of candidacy.
BCPO acting city director, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, said yesterday that conflicts among candidates and their supporters cannot be avoided because of personal attacks during the campaign period so it is important for policemen to be visible during the campaign.
The police are now ready for the elections and the list of the policemen to be deployed in respective polling precincts and centers in Bacolod has already been submitted to the COMELEC.
They will also monitor the five barangays in Bacolod listed in the PNP as areas of concern.*CGS/SSG