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Comelec opens for 2010 candidates

Posted on: November 20, 2009

Comelec opens for 2010 candidates UPDATE

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 08:53:00 11/20/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The Commission on Elections has opened its offices nationwide to allow prospective candidates in the 2010 elections to file their certificates of candidacy.

“The Comelec is now ready to accept CoCs from candidates in the local and national levels,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal Friday.

Prospective candidates for president, vice president, and senator should file their CoCs at the agency’s project management office (PMO) at the ground floor of Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros. Members of the legal department will receive and record the CoCs for national candidates from November 20 to midnight of December 1, said the poll official.

Partylist candidates should file their manifestations of intent to join the partylist system of representation at the Comelec secretariat on the eighth floor, he added.

Those who will run for the House of Representatives should file CoCs with the office of the National Capital Region regional election director, city election offices and the office of the provincial election supervisor (OPES). CoCs for local positions in cities and municipalities should be filed with the city and municipal election officer concerned, said Larrazabal.

Larrazabal appealed to the media to interview before they file their CoCs as interviews conducted after might be misconstrued as campaigning.

Larrazabal also appealed to the candidates to limit their entourage to members of their immediate family and lawyers.

Candidates for all positions except president must accomplish their CoCs in five copies and swear before a notary public or any official authorized to administer oath and must contain required data. Candidates for presidential positions must accomplish their CoC forms in 12 copies, said Comelec legal chief Ferdinand Rafanan.

The minimum requirements for national and local candidates, according to Rafanan, are:

• Candidates for president and vice president, who would have six-year terms each, must be a natural-born Filipino citizen, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least 40 years of age on Election Day, and a Philippine resident for at least ten years before the election;
• Candidates for senators, which will have a six-year term, must be a natural-born Filipino citizen, on the day of the election, at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter and a resident of the Philippines at least two years before the elections.
• Candidates for the House of Representatives, which shall serve for three-year term, must be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, at least 25 years of age on Election Day, able to read and write and, except the party-list representatives, a registered voter in the district in which he shall be elected, and a resident thereof for a period of not less than one year before election.
• A person may be nominated in one partylist only and must be a natural born Filipino citizen, a registered voter, a resident of the Philippines for a year before Election Day, able to read and write, member of the party or organization which he seeks to represent for at least 90 days preceding before election, and is at least twenty-five (25) years of age on the day of the election.
• For nominees of the youth sector, he or she must be at least 25-30 years old on Election Day. Any youth sectoral representative who reaches 30 during his term will be allowed to continue until his term expires.


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