Neg. Occ., Bacolod all set for polls, 238 bets sure winners Monday

The Comelec started distributing ballots to remote areas on Sunday.*Wil S. Arceño/Comelec photo

The Commission on Elections is all set for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City on Monday, October 30, with 238 of 29,682 candidates already sure winners.

The 238 are running unopposed and only need one vote to win, Provincial Election Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said Sunday, October 29.

There are 71 punong barangays and 16 brgy kagawads, and 41 SK chairpersons and 110 SK kagawads who are unopposed, he said.

There are 29,682 candidates in the 662 barangays of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, Ananoria added.

In Bacolod there are six unopposed candidates for punong barangay, City Election Officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña said.

The unopposed barangay captain bets in Bacolod are Hercy Sibug of Barangay 7, Anthony Jose Loth Alfredo Ayco – Barangay 15, Lope Ledesma – Barangay 24, Joseph Anthony Ortillo – Barangay 25, Jan Nico Yap – Barangay 32 and Jomarie Biasca – Barangay 31, she said.

Candidates for SK chairperson in barangays 24, 36 and 37 and for SK kagawads in barangays 25 and 34 are also running unopposed.

Voting will start at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Monday, Ananoria said.

“Vote early and vote wisely. Write the names of the candidates as clearly as possible,” he said.

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have 2,014,725 regular voters, and 660,709 SK voters, Comelec data shows.

The Comelec said the following are prohibited on Election Day:

*Giving and/or accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value;

*Using voter’s affidavit of another for the purpose of voting;

*Voting more than once or in substitution of another;

*Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate within the polling place or within 30 meters thereof;

*Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor;

*Opening of booths or stalls for the sale of wares, merchandise or refreshments, within 30 meters radius from the polling place; and

*Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or similar sports.*

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