Spokesperson: You only get to spend P5 per voter
By Paulo Loreto Lim
The upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, which were earlier postponed by President Rodrigo Duterte and rescheduled for May 14, should not require a lot of money for campaigning, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez.
“Barangay elections are supposed to be inexpensive,” he said. “Why would you need a lot of money just to tell them to vote for you? They’re either going to or they’re not.”
“You only get to spend P5 per voter,” the commission spokesperson explained.
Recently, the local Comelec revealed there may be a shortage of poll workers for this year’s elections.
Comelec-Bacolod elections officer, Atty. Mavil Majarucon-Sia, noted some teachers have refused to serve, citing the potential for cases being filed against them, along with possible delays in the release of honorariums.
In response, Comelec-Negros Occidental elections supervisor, Jessie Suarez, meanwhile, said they will wait until the end of the month before seeking out volunteers, who, according to the elections official, will be sourced from government agencies and private groups.
“We are asking for their patriotism,” Suarez added./PLL, WDJ