A total of 64 newly elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in Bohol are now facing possible disqualification due to issues in their registration and age, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Provincial election supervisor Atty. Eliseo Labaria on Wednesday told dyRD Balita that the names and the possible violations of the elected officials have been submitted to the Comelec’s head office in Manila.
However, the Comelec office did not name the concerned elected SK officials.
According to Labaria, the possible disqualification stemmed from issues such as being overaged and under-aged during Election Day, while other officials were not registered as voters in the barangays where they ran.
The law states that SK officials should be in the 18-24 age bracket.
The local Comelec is now awaiting instructions on the possible cancellation of the certificates of candidacy of those who have already been proclaimed while pending proclamations for violators have been suspended.
“Kadtong mga nadaog nga mga kandidato sa SK nga matawag nato kulang ang qualifications, ang uban adto wala maproklamar kay gisuspend ang proclamation pero kadtong naproklamar na gahulat ta sa order nga ipa-cancel tong proclamation,” said Labaria.
Those who have been disqualified can file a motion for reconsideration before the Comelec’s head office, he added.
Meanwhile, losing candidates will replace the disqualified winners once the Comelec en banc arrives at a decision.
Procedure on how to pick the replacement for disqualified elected officials who have more than one opponent has yet to be discussed to the local Comelec.
For her part, Department of Interior and Local Government provincial director Ma. Lousella Lucino said that while there is no order from higher officer for their disqualification, elected SK officials can carry out their duties. (Rey Tutas)