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Manual voting awaits barangay elections

SOUTHERN LEYTE – A total of 14,503 aspirants filed their Certificates of Candidacies (COCs) for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) last August 28 to September 2, 2023, the provincial Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reported.
Provincial Election Supervisor II, Atty. Antonio G. Gulay Jr., said in an interview that for this election there will be manual voting, of which the result will be known on the same day.
COMELEC data showed that Maasin City has the highest number of candidates in the BSKE with 2,110; next is Sogod with 1,355; 1,201 in Hinunangan; 1,126 in Bontoc; Malitbog with 1,065; 891 in Saint Bernard; 786 in Macrohon; Tomas Oppus with 678; Liloan with 657; San Francisco with 643; 639 in Pintuyan; Hinundayan with 543; 515 in San Juan; 481 in Libagon; Silago with 462; Anahawan with 455; San Ricardo with 412 and 340 in Padre Burgos. Limasawa has 144 with the least runners.
The official candidates will vie for the seats of Punong Barangay (PB) or village chair, Sangguniang Barangay (SB) or village councilor, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or youth organization chairperson; and SK members in the 500 barangays of the 18 municipalities and 1 city in the province. Southern Leyte has a total number of 302,779 registered voters.
There will be 2,120 established precincts in the province, 1, 024 of them will be grouped into clustered precincts.
The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections were supposed to be held last May 2020 but was postponed, and re-scheduled this coming October 30, 2023.

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