2010 Philippine barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections were held on October 25, 2010 in the Philippines. The electorate elected in nonpartisan elections, the Barangay chairman also known as the Punong Barangay and members of the Sangguniang Barangay (Village council) for voters aged 18 and above. While voters aged 15 to 17 voted for the chairman of the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth village council) and members of the Katipunan ng mga Kabataan. Due to funding issues, the Commission on Elections opted to use the manual voting system instead of the automated elections as was done in the last 2010 national elections.[1]

2010 Philippine barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

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All 42,095 Barangay Chairmen positions with 294,715 Sangguniang Barangay seats
and all 42,095 SK Chairmen positions with 294,715 Katipunan ng mga Kabataan seats
Turnout70.80% (barangay); 90.18% (SK)
Barangay Chairmen 42,095
Sangguniang Barangay 294,715
SK Chairmen 42,095
Katipunan ng mga Kabataan 294,715

BackgroundEdit

Republic Act No. 9340 mandates that synchronized elections for the Barangay and SK elections to be held on the last Monday of October after three years, starting from 2007.[2] There are 630,375 positions to be decided on Election Day in 42,095 barangays (Villages) across the Philippines.[3] However, the elections have been postponed in several areas due to damage caused by Typhoon Megi (Juan) while in the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan and Kalinga where voting will start early from 6 AM to 2 PM instead of the normal voting hours from 7 AM to 3 PM.[4]

The Commission on Elections has delivered the needed election paraphernalia to the voting areas on October 24, 2010, although there are areas were the materials were delivered late.[5] The Philippine National Police (PNP) has heightened security in the lead-up to the polls and has placed it on full alert. Cases of election-related violence has reduced since 2007, with 29 incidents recorded since the nationwide gun ban on September 25, 2010.[6][7]

Proposal to abolish the Barangay and Sangguniang KabataanEdit

Due to spending costs, there are proposals in the Senate to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).[8] Senator Teofisto Guingona III and Senator Franklin Drilon are proposing to replace SK with youth representatives to be elected in provincial, city and municipal boards. Enrile also proposed to abolish the Barangay system with mayors appointing leaders in the respective barangays instead.[9]

CandidatesEdit

The Department of Interior and Local Government has issued a list of officials who have served multiple-terms which prohibited under the law, more commonly known as "multiple termers".[10] Under COMELEC Resolution No. 9077, the Barangay Boards of Canvassers (BBOC) will suspend the proclamation of these candidates based on the list given. The COMELEC says that it will file charges of election disqualification and criminal charges if a candidate is proven as a multiple-termer.[11] There are currently 4,433 barangay officials prohibited from running in the election and can only serve for three consecutive terms.[12]

Election dayEdit

Elections were generally peaceful although there were reports of vote buying, ballot snatching and presence of armed groups of candidates notably in Abra and Antipolo.[13] The Department of Education has suspended classes in all public elementary and high schools on October 26 to give teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the elections a rest day.[14]

President Benigno Aquino III was disappointed at the Commission on Elections on the delays in the deliveries of election paraphernalia before the polls were opened. He told the media in a press conference after voting in his home province of Tarlac this was a "simple undertaking" than the automated elections in May 2010. However, he asked people to come out and vote still in the elections.[15]

Postponement of electionsEdit

Elections were postponed in 1,732 barangays due to the late delivery of election materials and ballot boxes.[16] The barangays involved are in the provinces of Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Pangasinan, Isabela, Cagayan, Tarlac, Capiz and Aklan. Failure of elections were declared as well in 23 barangays in Marawi City because election harassment and failure of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) not showing up at the polling precincts. Also failure of election were declared in two barangays in Sultan Kudarat due to poll violence.[17]

Pursuant to COMELEC Resolution No. 9078 issued on October 24, 2010, the elections will be held instead on October 26 or October 27 if the election materials will not be delivered by noon time on Election Day.[18]

Election-related violenceEdit

Election-related violence incidents (ERVIs) have increased to 47 from 29, where 32 people have been killed as a result. This has reduced the number of cases from 67 in the last elections in 2007.[19]

StatisticsEdit

Barangay electionsEdit

Total %
Voter turnout 34,154,174 70.80%
Registered voters 48,240,973 100%

SK electionsEdit

Total %
Voter turnout 2,083,069 90.18%
Registered voters 2,309,934 100%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Barangay elections to remain manual". Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  2. ^ "Republic Act No. 9340" (PDF). Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  3. ^ Leslie Aquino. "Over 600,000 Posts at Stake in Barangay, SK elections". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  4. ^ Leslie Aquino. "Over 600,000 Posts at Stake in Barangay, SK elections". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  5. ^ "Comelec: All systems go for barangay, SK elections". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  6. ^ "PNP on full alert for barangay polls". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  7. ^ "Alert on for poll violence: 2 rivals slain in La Union". Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  8. ^ Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. "SK polls Monday may be the last". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  9. ^ Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. "SK polls Monday may be the last". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  10. ^ Leslie Aquino. "Over 600,000 Posts at Stake in Barangay, SK elections". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  11. ^ Jocelyn Uy. "4,000 incumbents in Monday's barangay polls face ouster". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  12. ^ Leslie Aquino. "Over 600,000 Posts at Stake in Barangay, SK elections". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  13. ^ Abigail Kwok. "Elections in 1,732 villages postponed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  14. ^ "DepEd suspends classes on day after polls". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  15. ^ "Poll delays irk Aquino". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  16. ^ Abigail Kwok. "Elections in 1,732 villages postponed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  17. ^ Williamor Magbanua. "Poll failure declared in 2 Sultan Kudarat villages due to violence—report". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  18. ^ Abigail Kwok. "Elections in 1,732 villages postponed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  19. ^ Abigail Kwok. "Elections in 1,732 villages postponed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.

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