Comelec extends filing of late SOCEs until June 30

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Friday, May 16, 2014


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the requests to extend the deadline for the filing of the statements of contributions and expenditures (SOCEs) of winning and losing candidates in the May 2013 midterm polls.

With this, poll body thru Resolution 9873, has set until 5 p.m. of June 30, 2014, the last day for candidates, political parties and partylist organizations to submit or correct their campaign finance statements.

"In view of the numerous requests for extension from candidates, political parties, and party-list organizations, and in the interest of promoting transparency and fair play in the electoral process by encouraging candidates and parties to fully and truthfully disclose their campaign contributions and expenditures, the Commission En Banc hereby resolves to extend the deadline," the resolution read.

Originally, the deadline was set on May 12, 2014, thru Resolution 9849 approved by the en banc.

The Comelec ordered candidates and parties to submit their late or corrected SOCEs in person at the Office of the Campaign Finance Unit located at the PMO area, ground floor of the Palacio del Gobernador Building, Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila or through courier, messenger service or registered mail.

Likewise, they were reminded that the submission of the SOCEs does not constitute full compliance unless accompanied by the payment of the late penalty.

The Comelec has issued the amount of the late penalty for various positions which are the following: senator P16,000, governor and vice governor P9,500, member House of Representatives P8,000, city mayors P8,000, city vice mayor P8,000, partylist organizations P16,000, national political parties P16,000 to mention a few.

The penalty may be paid in cash at the Cash Division of the Commissiory which is located at the Comelec Annex Building, Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila or through postal money order or manager's check issued to the Comelec as the payee.

Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 provides that "no person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required." (FP/Sunnex)

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