Gun ban starts Jan 22 until March 2

January 22, 2015 12:49 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan.21 – The election period for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) runs from Jan. 22 until March 2, 2015 to coincide with the implementation of the gun ban policy during an election period.

Commission on Elections Reg. Dir. Dennis Ausan said the campaign period is on Feb. 11-19 while the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for the SK candidates is on Feb. 7, 9 and 10

Ausan said that Police Regional Office 6 will strictly implement the COMELEC gun ban policy during the SK election slated on Feb. 21, 2015. Likewise, the issuance of firearm licenses shall be suspended during the election period.

The police will strengthen its checkpoint operations and strictly enforce the ban on firearms as stated in Section 32 of Republic Act No. 7166 (Synchronized Election Law of 1991).

During the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission.

Only regular members or officers of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other enforcement agencies of the Government who are duly deputized in writing by the Commission for election duty may be authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period.

Provided, that, when in the possession of firearms, the deputized law enforcement officer must be in full uniform showing clearly and legibly his name, rank and serial number which shall remain visible at all times; and in the actual performance of his election duty in the specific area designated by the COMELEC.

Ausan said there are 236,233 registered voters in Western Visayas. Negros Occidental has 81,617 registered SK voters, Iloilo with 74,483; Capiz with 32,060; Antique with 22,003; Aklan with 20,536 and Guimaras with 5,534. (PNA)

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