Election waste such as ballot samples and disposable food and beverage packaging were “left abandoned” at several polling stations and on the streets during and after the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, October 30, 2023 , says the EcoWaste Coalition. (ECOWASTE COALITION file photo)

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified 18 more candidates in the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataang Elections (BSKE).

Currently, the number of BKSE candidates invalidated by the electoral body is 39.

Of the 39, the Comelec did not specify how many won the elections.

Around 29 of the candidates were disqualified for engaging in premature campaigning.

Three were found to have made false statements in their certificates of candidacy.

Two were declared nuisance candidates, while two others were involved in vote buying.

Others were disqualified because they faced criminal, civil or administrative charges.

Some of the candidates are in the following circumstances:

  • defendant sentenced to a final judgment for a crime with a prison sentence of more than 18 months
  • respondent to a complaint involving dismissal from office as a result of administrative proceedings
  • respondent in a process with penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office by decision of the Ombudsman.

The Comelec is expected to release more decisions in the coming days.

“As committed by the Comelec, through President George Erwin M. Garcia, the remaining pending disqualification cases against BSKE 2023 candidates will be resolved promptly,” the electoral body said in a statement.

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