Filing of COCs in ZC deferred PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013 13:00

With the barangay elections in Zamboanga postponed, the local Election Registrar’s Office yesterday announced the deferment of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) in Zamboanga.

Originally scheduled from October 11-17, 2013, the filing of COCs for the barangay elections in the city has been moved to a later date. No exact date has been set as of yet.

The deferment of the filing of COCs in the city is based on the fact that once the principal activity is postponed, all other accompanying activities are also affected, according to Jesus Alvin Lim and Joseph Ian Tria, Election Officers for Districts I and II, respectively.

Last Tuesday, October 8, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc approved to postpone barangay polls in the city in the wake of the three-week conflict with the MNLF-Misuari faction.

In Comelec Resolution 9793, the Commission postponed the conduct of the October barangay elections in the City, in accordance with Section 5 of the Omnibus Election Code which state that polls may be postponed in cases of violence, terrorism, loss or destruction of election paraphernalia or records, force majeure, and other similar situations.

The poll body’s decision is based on a resolution of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) approved during a meeting held October 2 in the presence of Election Commissioner Christian Robert Lim.

The recommendation to postpone was made by the Comelec Team headed by Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim following extensive discussions with the CMC, election officers, and the PNP.

The postponement was made on the basis that the conduct of elections at this time can affect the priority measures currently being undertaken in the City – the ongoing clearing operations by the AFP and PNP, and the rehabilitation efforts of the local government and its partners.

But even as the barangay polls and the filing of COCs in Zamboanga are moved to a later date, imposition of the COMELEC gun ban in the city remains in effect from September 28 to November 12, according to the police. — Sheila Covarrubias