Appointment of a losing barangay candidate

Sometime after the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, I received an exactly the same question from several persons on different dates. Some asked out of mere curiosity, while others asked only to confirm if the answer they already had in mind was right. Simple yet of great importance, their question in general has … Continue reading Appointment of a losing barangay candidate

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Do you still need to file your SOCE if you had ZERO election contribution and/or expenditure?

Let us say you were a candidate in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Because of your overwhelming popularity, you won without spending anything. You even refused all forms of donations coming from others. In other words, you had no election contribution and expenditure. Does it follow then that you no longer need … Continue reading Do you still need to file your SOCE if you had ZERO election contribution and/or expenditure?

Why Barangay and SK candidates need to file their SOCEs

If you were one of the candidates in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, you need to file your SOCE. By SOCE, I am of course referring to the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures. But remember that the obligation to file SOCE is not only for those who won, but it is also … Continue reading Why Barangay and SK candidates need to file their SOCEs

Three voting age groups in the 2018 Barangay and SK elections

2018 Barangay and SK elections On Monday, May 14, 2018, voters from all over the country will go to the polling centers to cast their votes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. This is the first time both elections will take place during the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This is also … Continue reading Three voting age groups in the 2018 Barangay and SK elections

Some notable changes in SK elections

After several postponements, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election will finally push through on May 14, 2018. It will take place simultaneously with the Barangay election, which was also postponed several times. While there seems to be nothing new about the Barangay election, there are some notable changes when it comes to the SK election. Age … Continue reading Some notable changes in SK elections

Do you need to be 18 years old on the day of registration for the COMELEC to allow you to register as a voter for the election on May 9, 2016?

If you are a Filipino citizen aged 18, and you have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications provided by law for a voter, you are already qualified to vote in the election on May 9, 2016. But you need to bear in mind that even if you are already qualified to vote, it … Continue reading Do you need to be 18 years old on the day of registration for the COMELEC to allow you to register as a voter for the election on May 9, 2016?

Simple tips on how to vote in an automated election

Perhaps, by now, you already know who to vote. And the only thing left for you to do is to go to the polling precincts and cast your vote. Aside from knowing who to vote, knowing how to vote, especially now that we are already in an automated election, is also of equal importance. And … Continue reading Simple tips on how to vote in an automated election

Local absentee voting for members of media

Congress recently passed another election related piece of legislation. And this was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III as Republic Act No. 10380. Known as “An Act Providing for Local Absentee Voting for Media,” RA 10380 directs the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to extend the right to vote under the local absentee … Continue reading Local absentee voting for members of media

Mandatory biometrics voter registration

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently signed into law Republic Act No. 10367. Titled “An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration,” RA 10367 makes it mandatory for all voters, that is, whether new or registered, to have their biometrics captured. Biometrics refers to the quantitative analysis that provides a positive identification of an individual … Continue reading Mandatory biometrics voter registration