THE Commission on Elections will strictly enforce the anti-political dynasty provision of the SK Reform Act of 2015 in the coming Sangguniang Kabataan elections this October.
James Jimenez, Comelec spokesperson, said SK candidates will now be required to disclose in their certificates of candidacy if they have any relative in public service up to the degree of consanguinity or affinity.
“An SK candidate will now have to declare under oath in his or her COC that he or she is not a child, sibling, grandchild, or an in-law of any incumbent elected official in their locality,” Jimenez said.
“Any misrepresentation can lead to a candidate’s disqualification. He or she can also be charged with perjury,” he added.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista earlier said the SK elections could be the first step in eliminating political dynasties in the government before Congress passes an anti-dynasty legislation.
Aside from the anti-dynasty provision, the SK Reform Act also requires newly-elected SK officials to undergo mandatory training before they assume their office.
The Comelec said a total of 1,614,695 are registered to cast their vote in the SK elections on Oct. 31.