The campaign period for the Oct. 28 barangay elections kicks off today and elected and appointed government officials are prohibited from endorsing candidates, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said.
As of Oct. 16, Suarez said 15,558 candidates for the positions of barangay captain and kagawad have filed their certificates of candidacy in Negros Occidental, and he expects the number to increase.
Suarez said there will be no extension after yesterday's deadline for the filing of COCs.
He said the barangay election is non-partisan and non-political, and violators will be dealt with accordingly by the Comelec.
He encouraged civic organizations and religious groups to help them monitor candidates, violating election laws.
Suarez said a minimum of 10 common poster areas will be established in each barangay, where candidates may post their campaign materials.
The post of barangay captain and seats in the Sangguniang Barangay are at stake in 662 barangays in Negros Occidental.
A total of 120 barangays have been classified as areas of concern by the military and the police.
The campaign period will end on Oct. 26.
The day of the election, Oct. 28, has been declared a special non-working holiday by President Benigno Aquino III.*GPB