Campaign vs private armies
The Commission on Elections has deputized the Interior and Local Government department and the National Police to stop private armies from disrupting the elections for village and youth councils in October.
In Resolution 9733 promulgated on July 3, the Comelec tapped the DILG, PNP and the National Police Commission to take steps to prevent private security agencies from acting as armies of any candidate in connection with the October polls.
In its Resolution 9715, the en banc said the filing of candidacies is scheduled from October 15 to 17, while the campaign period, from October 18 to 26.
The 10-day voters registration period will start July 22 and will end July 31 while the 30-day election period begins September 28, when the poll body would prohibit carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons, and appointments of public officials.
Some 43,000 posts for barangay and SK chairman as well as 293,965 for Sangguniang Barangay and SK council will be contested in the October polls.
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