MANILA- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded the public that a liquor ban will be in effect on October 27 (Sunday) and October 28 (Monday) Election Day.

According to Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez the ban covers the selling, offering, buying, serving and taking of intoxicating liquor, said

“Starting 12:01 of October 27 until midnight of October 28, an election liquor ban will be implemented nationwide except in the Province of Bohol and in Zamboanga City,” he explained.

He noted that the two provinces are not covered by the ban as the Barangay polls there were postponed to November 25, 2013.

Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said voters should make sure that they do not over vote on the barangay chairman position or their votes will be invalid.

“Kapag dalawang pangalan ang sinulat, stray na yun kasi single position lang ang chairman,” he explained.

However, in the case of barangay kagawad, if the voter voted more than seven in the ballot for the said position, only the first seven names will be counted.

“Kapag bumoto ka ng 8 ‘yung huli matatangal. In a manual system the last name written will be the one that will be removed. It will not be counted. So kung 7 kagawad at 8 ang sinulat niya ‘yung pang 8 tanggal ‘yung first 7 lang bibilangin,” Brillantes said.

On the other hand, election watchdog, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), said they are having a hard time getting volunteers for the October 28 Barangay polls, as many of them are relatives of candidates.

PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta de Villa noted that since the village polls is non-partisan, relatives of those who are running cannot be appointed as volunteers.

“Halos lahat tumatakbo kung hindi tumatakbo ‘yung kamag anak ang tumatakbo e, syempre hindi pwede kasi non-partisan dapat,” she said.(PNA)