October 31, 2014

COMELEC ready for COC filing, issues guidelines

Lawyer Jessie Suarez, election supervisor of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that they’re “ready for the filing of Certificate of Candidacy next week.” He said the filing of COCs will be from October 1 to 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suarez claimed that he already briefed the election officers regarding the resolution and the guidelines in filing the COC for next year’s poll. He had already set the parameters, he said.

Suarez advised the candidates “to file their COCs as early as possible and not wait for the last day of the filing.” He emphasized that COCs should be accompanied by necessary documents such as the certificate of nomination and acceptance if a candidate has a party. “The candidates need to complete all their documents before filing the COC. If not, he will be considered as independent,” he explained.

He said that candidates for governor, vice governor, board members and congressmen in the whole Negros Occidental will file their COC in his office, “except Bacolod as it is a highly-urbanized city,” he added.

“Candidates can visit my office if they want advice on how to file their COC,” Suarez said. On premature campaigning, Suarez said the candidates will be free to do their advocacies and other activities until the start of the election period from January 13 to June 12, 2013 for both the local and national elections.

He clarified that advocacy programs are not considered as premature campaign but a “freedom of expression,” saying that “there’s no law prohibiting them in doing so.”

He stressed that the campaign period for the congressmen, partylist and senators will be on February 12, 2013 and March 29 for the local election./WDJ

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