It is premature to declare election hotspots in Negros Occidental since the filing of certificates of candidacy is not yet over, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
Suarez said until the filing of CoCs ends at 5 p.m. on October 17 one cannot determine if there will be intense political rivalry to merit the declaration of a hotspot.
The police earlier identified Moises Padilla, Isabela, Toboso and Salvador Benedicto towns, and Escalante City as probable election hotspots.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon questioned how Escalante can be a hotspot since its incumbent mayor Eddie Montero appears to be unopposed.
Meanwhile, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon yesterday urged candidates to file their CoCs early.
Suarez said the filing of CoCs in Negros Occidental has been slow so far.
Yesterday only Victor Javellana filed his CoC for reelection as board member of the fourth district of Negros Occidental at the Negros Occidental Comelec office in Bacolod City.
Javellana is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition-United Negros Alliance.
“Bring only two companions when you file your CoC and leave your bodyguards and supporters outside,” Guanzon said.
She also said candidates should fill up their CoCs truthfully and answer question number 22: Have you been convicted by final judgment of an offense that carries penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office?
If they don’t answer that question their CoCs will be incomplete and not valid, Guanzon said.*
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