By Pop M. Salahog, VERA Files and I-Watch
Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao—All the barangay candidates in this town can already claim victory even before village elections take place nationwide on Monday.
Candidates for the 34barangay captain positions and 236 kagawad positions here will be running unopposed, according to newly appointed Election Officer Christina Roan Dalope.
This means all the 34barangay each have one set of candidates composed of one barangay captain and seven kagawad. Filing of certificates of candidacies ended Oct. 17.
Datu Odin Sinsuat has the biggest number of registered voters—45,771—in the whole of Maguindanao.
Since 2004 even the municipal posts were won unopposed, Dalope said.
The practice of running in elections unrivalled traces its origin to kalilintad, a program started in 1998 by former Mayor Datu Ombra Sinsuat to maintain peace and harmony among local officials. His son Datu Ombra retained the practice when he became mayor in 2004.
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