By Leslie Ann Aquino
Nine months before the conduct of the May 11, 2020, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released the Calendar of Activities in connection with the said exercise.
In Comelec Resolution No. 10573, the poll body set the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) from March 12 to March 19.
The Election Period is from March 12 to May 18 while the Campaign Period is from May 1 to May 9.
The deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), on the other hand, is on June 10.
In the said Resolution, the Comelec also laid out the prohibited acts during the Election Period which are the following: the alteration of precincts or establishment of new precincts; carrying of firearms or other deadly weapons; use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates; transfer of officers and employees in the civil service; and suspension of any elective local officer.
Prohibited acts during the Campaign Period are making any donation or gift in cash or in kind; appointing or using special policemen or confidential agents; construction or maintenance of barangay funded roads and bridges; appointment or hiring of new employees, creation of new position, promotion, giving of salary increases, and remuneration or privileges.
Last July, President Duterte called on Congress to push back the barangay and SK polls from May 2020 to October 2022 in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Several bills have also been filed in Congress seeking the deferment of the village and youth polls.