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Comelec accepting applications
for election gun ban exemptions


The Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel of the Commission on Elections yesterday began accepting applications for exemptions from the Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections’ gun ban that will be enforced from September 28 to November 12 .

CBFSP yesterday began accepting applications for the renewal or issuance of Certificate of Authority to avail/employ/ engage security personnel or permit to transport, COMELEC Commissioner Elias Yusoph, CBFSP chairman, said.

Requirements for such applications are posted on the COMELEC website.

During the election period, carrying of firearms and deadly weapons; giving of appointments, promotions, creation of new positions, or giving of salary increases in government offices, agencies or instrumentalities; illegal release of prisoners; and raising of funds through dances, lotteries and cockfights are prohibited.

Also prohibited are the use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates; organizing of, and maintaining strike forces; transfer and detail of officers and employees in the civil service, including public school teachers; and suspension of any elective provincial, city, municipal or barangay officers.

The filing of certificates by candidates will be from October 15 to 17, and election day will be on October 28.*CPG

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