The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded individuals planning to run for the 2019 mid-term elections that the filing of candidacy period will start next Thursday, October 11, and will last until October 17.
COMELEC Spokesperson Jaime Jimenez also mentioned that candidates cannot file their COCs during the weekends, October 13 and 14.
“Kung mapapansin ninyo may naka-sandwich na weekends diyan kaya nga ang pagkakasulat natin is 11 to 12 at 15 to 17 kasi exempted yung 13 and 14, Saturday and Sunday. Walang magaganap na filing diyan,” Jimenez said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
Jimenez said that forms for the filing of COC will be available in the official website of the agency.
The COMELEC official also stressed that candidates can specify the name that they want to be written in the ballots thru the aforementioned forms.
Candidates will also need to ascertain that they are registered voters before filing their COCs.
“Kailangan nilang i-specify yung pangalan na gusto nilang lumabas sa balota. Make sure na tama yung spelling nung mga pangalan nila at make sure i-identify nila yung kanilang pinaka-stage name. Pinapayagan iyon parang may isang nickname silang allowed na pwedeng ilagay sa ballota,” Jimenez explained.
“Make sure rin naman ma fill-upan nila yung part tungkol sa pagiging registered voter. Mahalagang allegasyon yung sa kanilang certificate of candidacy,” Jimenez added.
According to Jimenez, after the filing of COCs, the COMELEC will still review the eligibility of the candidates and whether they should be considered as nuisance candidates.
The poll official explained that candidates can be disqualified for various grounds including their citizenry, age, being a convicted offender, and being declared insane by the court.
Meanwhile, Jimenez also pointed out that appointed government officials will immediately be declared resigned from their position after filing their COCs.
“Hindi na niya kailangan mag-file ng resignation, wala ng announcement na kailangang gawin. The minute na nag-file siya, automatic siya ay resigned na from that position,” Jimenez stressed.