COMELEC CHIEF SAYS Appointees need not resign after CoC filing
Posted April 16, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:17:00 04/16/2009
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, Government
MANILA, Philippines – Appointive officials need not resign from their posts even after they file their certificates of candidacy in November, because the campaign period has not officially started, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said.
The Comelec set an earlier deadline for filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC), November 30, to give the poll body enough time to print special ballots for the automated elections in May 2010.
“Appointive officials holding public office who file their CoC on November 30 don’t have to resign until the start of the campaign period,” Melo told reporters early this week.
Under law, the campaign period covers 90 days before election day for national posts and 45 days before for local posts. Next year’s election is scheduled on May 10.
Under Republic Act 9629 or the election automation law, a person who filed his or her CoC is considered a candidate only at the start of the campaign period, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.
Elective officials, on the other hand, need not resign from their posts even after they file their CoCs because unlike appointive officials, they could not be easily replaced, Jimenez said.
Melo said the start of filing of CoCs could fall a week before the November 30 deadline.
The Comelec will open the bidding for precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, which will be used in next year’s vote, on April 27.
Jimenez reminded voters that they have until October 31 to register, except on Sundays.