By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections has moved the period for the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the May 2019 midterm polls.
Instead of October 1 to 5, 2018, the Comelec said the filing of COC will now be held from October 11 to 17, 2018.
“COMELEC en banc has authorized the re-scheduling of the filing of certificates of candidacies for the #2019NLE, to October 11-17, 2018, excluding Saturday and Sunday,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement.
He added that there will be no extension of filing hours on the last day.
On Monday, both the Senate and House adopted resolutions urging the poll body to reset the period of the filing of COC. The House said this is to enable members of Congress to fully attend to the budget deliberations and other legislative duties.
In Resolution No. 10420 issued last week, the poll body said, “No person can run for the position of senator, member of the House of Representatives, provincial, city, municipal or ARMM regional official unless such aspirant accomplishes and files a sworn COC.”
The Comelec said the COC shall be filed by an aspirant or through a duly authorized representative with a sworn and signed authority to file the COC.
It added that no COC filed by mail, electronic mail, or facsimile shall be accepted.
Aspirants were asked to file their COCs in five copies in the following offices;
-For senators and party-list representatives, at the Comelec law department.
-For members of the House of Representatives for legislative districts in the national capital region (NCR), at the office of the regional election director, NCR.
-Candidates for House of Representatives for legislative districts in provinces, at the office of the provincial election supervisor.
-For members of the House of Representatives for legislative districts in cities outside NCR, which comprise one or more legislative districts, at the office of the city election officer concerned designated for the purpose by the regional election director.