Local News: 855 Bets in 2013 Polls for Bacolod City, Negros Occ.
A total of 855 candidates in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, will join the electoral contest in the 2013 automated and synchronized elections, a list of candidates from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) provincial office showed.
Of the total, 2 are running for governor and 2 for vice governor while 22 for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan seat; 15 congressionables, 69 mayoral bets, 66 for vice mayor, and 675 for the Sangguniang Bayan posts or councilors.
For the province of Negros Occidental, running in six districts, for board members: 4 - first district; 5 - 2nd district; 4 - 3rd district; 4 - 4th district; 2 - 5th district; and 3 - 6th district. For congressman: 4 - Lone District of Bacolod; 4 - 1st district; 2 - 2nd district; 3 - 3rd district; 3 - 4th district; 2 - 5th district; and 2 in the 6th district.
The candidates per area in 32 cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, are: Bacolod City - 54; Bago City - 23; Binalbagan - 21; Cadiz City - 30; Calatrava - 22; Candoni - 25; Cauayan - 21; Don Salvador Benedicto - 25; Escalante City - 29; E.B. Magalona - 15; Himamaylan City - 27; Hinigaran - 25; Hinobaan - 31; Ilog - 23; Isabela - 17; Kabankalan City - 14; La Carlota City - 24; La Castellana - 19; Manapla - 21; Moises Padilla - 23; Murcia - 31; Pontevedra - 23; Pulupandan - 12; Sagay City - 24; San Carlos City - 22; San Enrique - 25; Silay City - 29; Sipalay City - 30; Talisay City - 19; Toboso - 20; Valladolid - 22; and Victorias City - 38.
Distribution of candidates per district: for the first district - 118; 2nd district - 75; 3rd district - 132; 4th district - 129; 5th district - 132; and 130 in the 6th district.
For party affiliations, it is the Nationalist People’s Coalition with the most number of candidates which is 242, followed by the United Negros Alliance - 185, while 210 belong to the independent group, and 175 belonging to the Liberal Party. The other candidates belong to political parties of Aksyon Demokratiko, Lakas NUCD, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, National Unity Party, Lakas CMD, Nacionalista Party, Partido Lakas Ng Masa and United Nationalist Alliance.
The Comelec has announced that the candidates may officially start their campaign on March 29. So far, no disqualification case has been filed against a candidate in Negros Occidental, except for Julius Sayson, a fruit vendor and mayoralty bet in Bacolod City who is pitted against incumbent vice mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and former Bacolod Congressman Moni-co Puentevella, both runing for mayor of Bacolod City.
Thaddy Sayson has allegedly filed a disqualification case against Julius Sayson, charging him of being “nuisance candidate.” A filing fee of P10,100 for a nuisance case against a candidate is imposed, said election supervisor Jessie B. Suarez.
Meanwhile, the Comelec warned candidates of their pre-campaign activities as it will be technically the basis for disqualifying then.*