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Comelec releases revised calendar of activities for BSKE 2023

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday issued the updated calendar of activities for the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) set on October 30.

Based on Comelec en banc Resolution 10902, the election period and implementation of the gun ban will be from August 28 to November 29.

Filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs), meanwhile, will be from August 28 to September 2.

Starting September 3 until October 18, campaigning is prohibited. This will pave the way for the campaign period on October 19 to October  28.

Campaigning is again prohibited from October 29 to October 30, alongside selling, buying, or taking intoxicating liquor.

On Election Day on October 30, casting of votes will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Counting and canvassing of votes and proclamation of winning candidates will immediately proceed after the closing of polls, according to Comelec.

The last day to file Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) is set on November 29.

The BSKE has been repeatedly postponed since 2016. In October 2022, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed the law moving the supposed December 2022 BSKE to the last Monday of October 2023. — Giselle Ombay/RSJ, GMA Integrated News