DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) has scheduled a series of candidates’ forums in Negros Oriental from March 29 to May 3 for this year’s synchronized May 9 elections.
The forum will kick off on March 29 with five candidates for gubernatorial and vice-gubernatorial in Negros Oriental.
DEB Convenor Rev. Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela said the forum aims to provide a non-partisan and free venue for candidates to present their qualifications, platforms or programs of government.
It will also give local candidates and residents a chance to discuss the various issues affecting their communities.
All forums set by DEB will be held at Fil-Products cable TV6 studio at 7:00 PM for a live coverage.
Other scheduled dates are as follows: March 31 for representatives or candidates from the 1st and 3rd districts; April 5 for congressman from 2nd district; April 7 for board members in the first district; April 12 for second district board members; April 14, third district board members; April 19, Dumaguete City mayors and vice-mayors; April 21 Sibulan mayor and vice-mayors; April 26, Valencia mayors and vice-mayors; April 28, Bais City mayors and vice-mayors; and May 3 for Tanjay City mayors.
Heruela said the candidates are expected to deliver a three-minute speech to introduce themselves and their platforms of government after which an open forum will follow through a multi-sectoral panel of reactors.
After all the candidates have given their introductory speeches, an open forum will follow during which the panel of reactors will throw their questions to the candidate they wish to ask.
Candidates will be given one-minute to answer questions.
A warning ring will be sounded 15 seconds before the time is up, and a last ring to end the answer or discussion.
The audience or televiewers can ask only by writing their questions on a piece of paper or text it to a designated cellphone numbers provided on the screen during the forum.
Questions will be screened by the panel of reactors.
Personal or irrelevant questions will not be allowed.
Questions must relate only to the qualifications, plans, platform or program of government of the candidate concerned.
This activity also aims to raise the level of consciousness of voters towards a clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful elections (CHAMP).
DEB urged all candidates to keep the issues at a high level and focus on the interest of the people in a platform-led campaign and employ the media as a means of enlightenment.
Comelec also urged political leaders from all sides at all levels to adhere to the democratic process and follow the road of sobriety and prudence to achieve honest, orderly, peaceful elections (HOPE). (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published atPIA Website on Mar. 11, 2016)