COMELEC enforces anti-dynasty provision on COCs for SK bets

The Commission on Elections said that they will be strictly implementing the anti-dynasty provision of the SK Reform Act of 2015 in the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

The Comelec released the guidelines on the filing of Certicicates of Candidacy (COCs) for the Barangay and SK elections on August 16, 2016 under Comelec Resolution 10162. Item no. 10 of the COCs for SK candidates now states that they do not have relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity, who are elected to public office in the locality where they seek to be elected.

"An SK candidate will now have to declare under oath in his or her COC that he or she is not a child, sibling, grandchild, or an in-law of any incumbent elected official in their locality. Any misrepresentation can lead to a candidate's disqualification. He or she can also be charged with perjury." Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista previously said that the SK elections could be the first step in eliminating political dynasties but is hoping that Congress will finally pass an anti-dynasty law.

The SK Reform Act of 2015 also mandates that new SK officials will have to undergo mandatory training programs before they can assume office.

A total of 1, 614, 695 new voters registered for the October 31st SK elections.

Source: Philippine Information Agency