3 days before the campaign period of Oct. 30 BSKE
TACLOBAN CITY– The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the region launched on Monday a campaign to make the forthcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) free of vote-buying and vote-selling.
Dubbed as ‘Kontra Bigay,’ the campaign was launched three days before the start of the campaign period which will run from October 19 to 28.
The program created a Kontra Bigay complaint center task to receive complaints and reports of vote-buying and vote-selling from any citizen who has personally witnessed the act of offering or promising by or of voter’s acceptance of money or other consideration from the relatives, leaders, or sympathizers of a candidate.
It shall assist in the preparation of the complaint, the affidavit of witnesses attesting to the offer or promise by or of voter’s acceptance of money or other consideration from the relatives, leaders, or sympathizers of a candidate.
In a statement, lawyer Felicisimo Embalsado, regional elections officer, said that the importance of a secured, accurate, free, honest, orderly, peaceful and credible election is the concern not only of the Comelec but all the stakeholders in our country.
He added that all these tend to motivate people to cooperate and develop trust which is a catalyst for unity. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)