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article imageGrassroots elections off to slow start in the Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Oct 1, 2010 in Politics
The Philippines is holding new elections all over the country to elect Barangay Officials composed of a Chairman and Council members including a youth council member.
The Barangay is the lowest government unit that serves as extension of the national government in the cities, municipalities and the remotest areas of the country.
In the remote areas of the country, the Barangay is regarded as the direct link of the people to the national government. It is also the government's reliable arm in disseminating information from the national government to the grassroots level.
There are at least 336,200 elective positions that need to be filled up on the October 25 elections.
Filing of certificates of candidacy starts October 2 while the start for campaigning is set for October 14.
Manila Standard Today reports:
In Resolution 9029, the Comelec en banc said those who are qualified to run for the position of Barangay chairman or council member must be a Filipino citizen, 18 years of age on the day of the elections, able to read and write Filipino or any local dialect, and are registered voters and residents of the Barangay where they intend to run for office for at least one year prior to election day, Oct. 25
In order to safeguard the electorate and for security purposes, the government has reimposed a gun ban which was in effect during the last May national elections.
The Philippine National Police will apprehend anyone who carries a gun during the election period.
For logistical reason, the local election will not be automated.
For the upcoming elections, the Commission on Election will be using blank ballots where voters will write the names of their bets.
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