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Comelec to conduct public hearings on no-el in Mindanao

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to conduct public hearings on the matter of postponing the May 14, 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Mindanao for the purpose of giving all interested parties equal opportunity to be heard, in light of Resolution No. 13 of both Houses of Congress to extend martial law in said region for a period of one year.

The Comelec En Banc, through Minute Resolution No. 17-0743, has set two dates in separate cities for the public hearings: on January 22, 2018 in 700 Gov. Carmins Avenue, Zamboanga City, and on January 29, 2018 at the Alnor Hotel and Convention Center, Alnor Commercial Center, Cotabato City.
The resolution further resolves to give due notification to the Department of Interior and Local Government, the National Youth Commission, Liga ng mga Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and accredited citizens’ arms.
The commission is also looking to conduct a third public hearing in Cagayan de Oro City.
Pursuant to Section 5, Article 1 of the Omnibus Election Code, the Comelec may motu propio postpone elections in a particular location, after due notice and hearing therein, when the holding of free, orderly and honest elections should become impossible due to any serious cause such as violence, terrorism, loss or destruction of election paraphernalia or records, force majeure, and other analogous causes of such nature.

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