2010 Election Calendar of Activities

COMELEC

COMELEC

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc has released the calendar of activities and periods of prohibited acts in connection with the conduct of the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.

The COMELEC, in Resolution No. 8646, promulgated July 14, 2009; said the election period will run from January 10, 2010 until June 9, 2010. Prohibited during this period, the COMELEC added are the alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; the bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons in public places; suspension of local elective officials; and transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, etc.

The COMELEC pegged the campaign period for candidates for President, Vice-President, Senators and Party-List groups to February 9, 2010 until May 8, 2010.

Meanwhile, the campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and elective provincial, city and municipal officials will start March 26, 2010 and will end May 8, 2010.

The COMELEC has also set August 17, 2009 as the last day for filing of petitions for registration of political parties and for parties, organizations and coalitions under the Party-List system of representation.

Poll Booth

Poll Booth

The filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for all elective positions will run from November 20, 2009 until November 30, 2009. During the same period, registered party-list groups may also file manifestations of intent to participate in the party-list elections.

Casting of votes by overseas absentee voters (OAV) will start April 10, 2010 (Host country time) and will run until 3:00 PM of May 10, 2010 (Philippine Time).  They may personally appear at the Philippine embassy or consulate located in their respective host country.

Meanwhile, the country’s voters have from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM to cast their votes on Election Day, May 10, 2010.###

THE Commission on Elections  said the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) and the nomination of official candidates of registered political parties for the May 10, 2010 national and local elections will begin on Nov. 20 and end on Nov. 30.

Comelec set the COC filing months ahead of the May 10 elections to allow the poll body to design the special paper ballots for the country’s first automated elections.

Those running for the position of president, vice-president and senator, should file their COCs with the Comelec Law Department in Intramuros, Manila. The campaign period for those running for national elective posts will commence on Feb. 9, 2010 and end on May 8, 2010.

For local candidates, the campaign period will start on March 28, 2010 until May 8, 2010.

Those who will run for the House of Representatives in the legislative districts in the National Capital Region (NCR) should file their COCs with the Office of Regional Election Director of NCR, while the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor (OPES) shall receive the COCs of those running for the Lower House from legislative districts in the provinces, and for provincial posts.

COCs for local positions in cities/municipalities should be filed with the city/municipal election officer concerned.

Candidates are reminded to file their COC in the form prescribed by the Commission in five legible copies personally or through his duly authorized representative with the specified Comelec office. Certificates should also be sworn before a notary public or any official authorized to administer oath and must contain all the prescribed data. – Evangeline C. de Vera / Malaya

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