The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported a 53.01 percent voter turnout in the city during the conduct of the October 30, 2023 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSK) elections.
City Election Officer lawyer John Paul Martin said that of the total 169,711 registered voters from the city’s 515 clustered precincts, only 89,962 voters representing 53.01 percent of those registered actually voted for the contested positions in the barangay level.
Of those that cast their votes during the BSK polls, 49,636 were females while 40,218 were males.
Based on the registered voters, 94,305 are female voters while only 75,700 are male voters. That were equitably distributed in the various clustered precincts in the city.
On the other hand, of the 46,752 registered voters for the SK positions, 23,152 voters equivalent to 49.52 percent actually cast their votes during the said political exercise.
Of the SK voters that cast their votes, 12,790 voters were females while 10,362 voters were males.
Of those registered SK voters, 25,579 voters are females while 21,163 voters are males.
The poll official noted that of the city’s 128 punong barangays, 67 are said to be newly elected ones while 61 are re-elected barangay captains.
Of the 61 re-elected punong barangays, 17 were considered to be unopposed while the 44 others were able to successfully hurdle their challengers during the BSK elections.
22 other punong barangays who were seeking re-election were not lucky to hurdle their opponents that is why they lost in their supposed re-election bid.
For the SK posts, 19 barangays have a complete slate of a SK chairperson and 7 kagawads while 29 barangays have only a SK chairperson. The rest of the barangays have a SK chairperson but an incomplete slate of SK kagawads.
Martin described the conduct of the BSK elections in the city as peaceful and orderly and that the winners were all proclaimed without any controversy.
However, he urged all the aspirants for the various elected positions during the BSK polls to submit their respective statement of election contributions and expenditures to ensure that the winners will be able to be sworn into office and occupy their elective posts and prevent them from being penalized by the poll body in the future.
Earlier, the Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered the enforcement of a 3-week transition period before the newly elected or re-elected barangay and SK officials will be able to occupy their respective positions for purposes of accountability and transparency, especially among the outgoing barangay and SK officials.
The newly elected barangay and SK officials will have a fixed term of two years based on the decision of the Supreme Court that declared as unconstitutional the law passed by Congress which postponed the supposed December 5, 2022 BSK elections and rescheduled the same to October 30, 2023 and stating among others that the incumbent barangay and SK officials are in a holdover capacity.
The next BSK elections will be scheduled in the first Monday of December 2025 to pave the way for a fresh mandate for barangay and SK officials pursuant to the pertinent provisions of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines.