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Comelec extends CoC filing to Dec.1 midnight

Posted on: November 5, 2009

Comelec extends CoC filing to Dec.1 midnight

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:25:00 11/05/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday extended by one day the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacies (CoC) for the 2010 elections.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo told INQUIRER.net that the poll body’s designated offices will accept CoCs from November 20 to November 30, including holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. until 12 midnight of December 1.

“The extension, made under Resolution 8692, is to remove the confusion as to whether candidates can file their CoCs on November 30, which is a national holiday. The extension to include weekends and holidays will accommodate all candidates who want to run in 2010 elections,” said Melo.

The one-day extension will not affect the calendar of activities for the 2010 automated elections, Melo said.

Under Comelec en banc Resolution 8678, those running for president, vice president and senator should file their CoC at the agency’s law department in Intramuros, Manila, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez in a separate interview.

Those who will run for members of the House of Representatives for legislative districts in Metro Manila should file with the office of the National Capital Region regional election director, under the order.

The office of the provincial election supervisor (OPES) shall receive the CoCs of those who will run as members of the House of Representatives of legislative districts in provinces and for provincial officials, the resolution said.

City election officers will receive CoCs for members of the House of Representatives for legislative districts in cities outside NCR, which comprise one or more legislative districts and COCs for city officials of cities with more than one election officer, said the resolution.

CoCs for local positions in cities and municipalities should be filed with the city and municipal election officer concerned, it added.

All registered political parties should submit no later than November 16 to the Law Department the names and specimen signatures of the authorized signatories to official party nominations.

“Candidates should file their CoC in the form prescribed by the Comelec in five legible copies personally or through his duly authorized representative with the specified Comelec office,” Jimenez said.

“Certificates shall be sworn before a notary public or any official authorized to administer oath and must contain all the prescribed data,” said Jimenez.

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