All candidates have to file statement of expenditures

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


EVERYONE who ran in this year’s elections is required to file a statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba reminded the candidates that they have 30 days from May 13 to do this.

He said the purpose of the SOCE is to check whether a candidate overspent on campaign materials and sorties during the campaign period.

“Anybody who filed their certificate of candidacy (COC), including those who have withdrawn their COCs, they are still required to submit within 30 days from May 13 (of) their sworn statements of election expenditures,” Aba told reporters.

No excuses

The filing of the Soce is required under Republic Act 9006, or the Fair Election Act.

A local candidate with a political party is only allowed to spend P3 per registered voter, while political parties are allowed to spend P5.

Earlier, the Provincial Comelec announced that it was serious in going after violators of Comelec rules.

Under Comelec Resolution 9476, a person who is elected cannot assume office if he didn’t file his SOCE.

Violators will face an administrative complaint and will be liable to pay a fine of P1,000 to P30,000.

For the commission of a second or subsequent offense, the administrative fine will be P2,000 to P60,000, according to the law.

A repeat offender will also be forever barred from holding public office.

All set for October

Aba also sent all the election returns in Cebu Province to Comelec Manila yesterday.

In a related development, Aba said he believes barangay elections should be held separately.

Last Monday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body would not oppose a move to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October.

Aba said it will be difficult if ever the barangay and national elections are synchronized.

“It will increase the number of candidates that will be printed in our ballots,” he said.

However, he said they are ready for October’s elections.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 22, 2013.

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