All systems go for the filing of certificates of candidacy today

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Monday, October 1, 2012

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready for the October 1-5 filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) of candidates for the 2013 national and local polls.

A total of 18,022 national and local positions are to be filled up in the May 13, 2013 elections.

“Everything is ready for the October 1 to 5 filing of COCs. All systems go!” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in his Twitter account @ChairBrillantes.


Candidates running for senatorial positions should file their COCs at the Project Management Office at the Comelec Main Office in Intramuros, Manila.

For local positions, those who are running for congressional seats, they may file their COCs at the Office of National Capital Region Director for Metro Manila; Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor for provincial officials, including congressmen; Office of the City/Municipal Election Officer for city/municipal officials; Office of the Armm Regional Election Director for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor and vice governor; and Office of the Armm Provincial Election Supervisor for Armm legislative assembly members.

“The Certificate of Candidacy shall be filed by the candidate personally or by his duly authorized representative, whose authority shall be in writing, under oath and attached,” the Comelec said.

Positions at stake in next year’s polls are for 12 senators, 229 district members of the House of Representatives, 80 governors, 80 vice governors, 766 members of the Provincial Government, 138 city mayors, 138 city vice mayors, 1,532 members of the City Council, 1,496 municipal mayors, 1,496 municipal vice mayors, and 11,972 members of the Municipal Government.

Other positions available are one regional governor, one regional vice governor, and 24 regional assemblymen for the Armm.

Brillantes is hoping that candidates would not embark on the fiesta-like atmosphere, which is the usual scenario during this occasion.

“We appeal to candidates to dispense with all the fanfares. Let us make the filing of COCs this coming October 1 to 5 as dignified as it should be,” said Brillantes.

COCs will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 4:45 p.m. of October 5, if there are still persons intending to file COCs and present inside the offices, the Comelec has authorized the receiving officers to prepare a complete list containing the names of said persons, consecutively numbered, and the time of listing.

“The persons listed shall be called by announcing each name in the order in which they are listed. Any person who is not present, when his name is called, shall not be allowed to file his Certificate of Candidacy. A Certificate of Candidacy filed in accordance with this procedure shall be stamped received at the time it was actually filed, and deemed filed on time,” said Comelec Resolution No. 9518. (PNA/Sunnex)

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