Candidates pledge and pray for peaceful, honest, orderly and credible barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14.

The Commission on Elections led by Atty. Eddie Aba of Negros Oriental and Atty. Gildu Agoncillo of Dumaguete City gathered the 976 candidates for the barangay and SK elections in a covenant signing ceremony at the city high gymnasium, Wednesday.

Bishop Julito Cortes D.D., Msgr. Julius Perpetuo S. Hereula, Dr. Juditha Mapue of the Deped City Division, City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda and Lt. Mark Tacorda of the Philippine Army exhorted the candidates to pursue leadership positions in order to help the people particularly the poor and the marginalized.