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2010 Barangay Elections

Barangay Elections 2010: Still Manual Voting

The COMELEC said manual voting would be used in the 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25, 2010.

Each blank ballot costs only P1.80 but if we use pre-printed ballots, the cost is much higher.
- COMELEC Commissioner Jose Melo

However, it is still unknown whether both the Barangay and SK elections would push through, with some Congress members advocating its postponement for at least a year or to May 2013.

President Aquino III is seen to veto a bill that may be passed by Congress regarding this postponement. Besides this, Aquino III is also advocating its synchronization with the 2013 Midterm Elections.

Also, President Aquino III himself is pushing for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan, opting for the election of only one youth representative in each barangay. Some Congressmen are attempting to block this move, suggesting SK’s reformation instead.

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If ever it pushes through, here is the schedule given by COMELEC:

The barangay election period would last from Sept. 25 to Nov. 10.

Candidates for Barangay Chairman, members of the Barangay Council, and of the Sangguniang Kabataan may file their Certificates of Candidacy from Oct. 1 to 13.

The campaign period runs from Oct. 14 to 23.

All barangay and SK candidates are allowed to spend only P3 per registered voter in the Barangay where he seeks to be elected, as per COMELEC Resolution 8320.

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