DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — A total of 716 candidates are vying for 277 elective positions in the upcoming May 9 polls in Negros Oriental.
In preparation for the synchronized national elections, Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) has been holding a series of voters education campaign in and outside school campuses, peace covenant signing, training of poll watchers, candidates’ forums, among others.
DEB convenor Msgr. Julius Heruela of the Diocese of Dumaguete said the series of activities aim to achieve clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful (CHAMP) orderly elections in the province.
Msgr. Heruela said the voters’ education campaign aims to raise the level of consciousness of voters and even the candidates towards CHAMP polls.
In the Comelec’s list of candidates who filed their certificates of candidacy, topping the number of mayoral candidates among the six cities in the province, Tanjay City has ten mayoral candidates, five vice-mayoral, and 49 city councilors.
Regular elective positions in a city would be one each for mayor and vice-mayor and only ten as members of Sangguniang Panglungsod.
For Dumaguete City, there are four mayoral candidates, three for vice-mayoral and 24 for councilors while Bais City, three each for mayor and vice-mayor, and 34 for councilors.
In Guihulngan City, three are running for mayor, two for vice-mayor, and 25 for councilors or Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) while Bayawan City has two each for mayor and vice-mayor, and 21 for SP.
Canlaon City received the least number of candidates with incumbent mayor Jimmy Clerigo uncontested, two for vice-mayor, and 19 for councilors.
It is also estimated that over 50,000 candidates nationwide are vying for more than 17,000 elective positions in different public posts from presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, congressional in all districts, gubernatorial down to the mayoral and to the municipal/city councils. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Mar. 11, 2016)