Comelec: Gun ban for barangay, SK elections starts on Sept. 23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — The gun ban for the barangay and sangguniang kabataan (SK) elections begins on September 23, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In a statement Thursday, the poll body announced: "No person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside his residence or place of business, and in all public places...even if he is licensed or authorized to carry the same, unless authorized by the Commission."

Under Comelec Resolution No. 10197, employing bodyguards or security personnel is also prohibited.

The ban will be enforced until October 23, after the SK and barangay elections. The campaign period runs from Oct. 13 to 21, 2017.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said applications for the authority to bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons will begin on September 21.

For the elections, voters in Luzon and the Visayas will elect one barangay captain, seven members of the Sangguniang Barangay, as well as one chairperson and seven members of the SK.

The Comelec, in a separate Sept. 5 resolution, moved to postpone the barangay and SK elections in Mindanao, which was placed under martial law on May 23 after members of the Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi City.

READ: Filing of candidacy for barangay, SK elections starts Sept. 23

Martial law is imposed in Mindanao until the end of the year.

Guidelines on filing of candidacy certificates released

In a statement Wednesday, Sept .13, the poll body released the guidelines on the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) in connection with the barangay and SK elections.

Comelec Resolution No. 10196 said "no person may run for the position of Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay (SB) Member, Chairperson, or Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Member unless such aspirant accomplishes a sworn COC in the form prescribed by the Commission."

The Comelec said COCs shall be filed legibey in triplicate with the Election Officer who has jurisdiction over the barangay where a candidate seeks to be elected.

Incorrectly filed COCs shall be deemed as "not filed."

The Resolution added, "No COC filed by mail, electronic mail, or facsimile shall be accepted. The COC shall be filed by the aspirant personally or through a duly authorized representative with a signed Authority to file COC. No filing fee shall be imposed for the filing of the COC."

Forms are available at Comelec Field Offices as well as for download at the Comelec website

The period for Filing of COCs will run from September 23, 2017 until September 30, 2017; from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM including Saturdays and Sundays.

CNN Philippines digital producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.