- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has started series of public consultations in preparation for the conduct of local elections on Oct
- Geraldine Roman, the first ever transgender politician to have been elected to the House of Representatives, attended the event
- COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon calls for equality in the conduct of local posts
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has started series of public consultations in preparation for the conduct of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October this year.
In an interview, COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said that the poll body started its public consultation through COMELEC-Gender and Development (GAD) Stakeholders consultative planning conference geared towards increasing the number of voter participation in barangay level.
The event was attended by various sectors including indigenous people, senior citizens, women’s group, persons with disabilities and representatives from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Geraldine Roman, who made history during the May 9 elections by being the first ever transgender politician to have been elected to the House of Representatives, graced the event as its guest of honor. Roman won by an overwhelming majority of more than 60% of the total votes of the district she sought to represent.
“Ang gusto namin ay gender equality, so ang slogan namin for the barangay elections ay 50-50, sana po mas maraming babae, maka-abot man lang ng 50% ang tatakbo para mas marami ang mahalal at marealize ng mga voters na kaya naman ng mga babae itong mga katungkulan sa ating mga public office,”
(We want gender equality, so our slogan for the local elections will be ‘50-50’, I hope to have more women in the pool of candidate, the goal is for us to reach at least 50% to increase the possibility of electing more women to office, this is also for the public to realize that women are equally-capable of working for elected posts for public office)
COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, Gender and Development (GAD) head of COMELEC urged the public to have a 50% male to female ratio of local government officials. This is in line with the call for equality in local posts. –MR, Kami Media