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Comelec: CoC filing starts Nov 20

Posted on: July 15, 2009

Comelec: CoC filing starts Nov 20

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:27:00 07/15/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines—Politicians eyeing elective posts in the 2010 national elections can start filing their certificate of candidacy (CoC) on November 20, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Wednesday.

“All aspirants for party-list representation, local and national posts in the upcoming elections can declare under oath the office for which he desires to run between November 20 to 30,” Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.

The Comelec set the CoC filing months ahead of the May 10 elections to allow the poll body to design the special paper ballots for the country’s first automated elections, said Commissioner Lucenito Tagle.

The ballots will contain at least 300 pre-printed names of local and national candidates, Tagle said.

The campaign period for those running for president, vice-president, senators and party-list groups, meanwhile, runs from February 9, 2010 until May 8, 2010.

For those eyeing elective posts at the House of Representatives, city and municipal governments, the campaign period begins March 26, 2010 and ends on May 8, 2010.

Party-list groups have until August 17, 2009 to file petitions for registration.

Casting of votes by overseas absentee voters will start April 10, 2010 (host country time) and will run until 3:00 p.m. of May 10, 2010 (Philippine time).

The election period will be from January 10, 2010 until June 9, 2010.

Prohibited during this period are:

• Alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct
• Bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons in public places
• Suspension of local elective officials; and
• Transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, among others.

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