A total of 16,447 candidates are vying for barangay captain and kagawad in Negros Occidental, Commission on Elections records show.
At stake are 662 positions for barangay captain and 4,634 for kagawad. Voters will elect a barangay captain and seven kagawads in the October 28 elections.
The campaign period for the barangay elections started yesterday, with no untoward incident as of last night, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director, said.
Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said Negros Occidental remains peaceful, as of yesterday.
A total of 120 barangays have been classified as areas of concern by the military and the police.
Checkpoints have been set up in strategic areas of the province by the military and police to check on the proliferation of guns, which may be used in the election.
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