By Samuel Medenilla
Candidates in the next Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls with relatives who are incumbent government officials will now be barred from participating in the next SK polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Wednesday.
The poll body had approved Resolution No. 10196 requiring SK candidates to state under oath that they are not part of a political dynasty once they file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC).
To qualify as an SK bet, the candidates must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity to “any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official, in the locality where he or she seeks to be elected.”
Comelec said this is pursuant to the provision of Republic Act No. 10742 or the SK Reform Act of 2015.
Resolution 10196 also stipulates the following qualifications for SK candidates: between 18 to 24 years old; citizen of the Philippines; and a qualified voter of the Katipunan ng Kabataan.
They should also be a resident of the barangay for not less than one year before Election Day; able to read and write English, Filipino, or their local dialect; and must not have been convicted by final judgment of any crime involving moral turpitude.
Except for the age requirement and being a Katipunan ng Kabataan voter, the same qualifications will also apply to aspiring candidates for the Barangay elections.
Candidates for the Barangay polls should be 18 years old on the election day.
The filing for COCs for the scheduled Barangay and SK elections on Oct. 23, 2017 is scheduled on Sept. 23 to 30, 2017.