October 7, 2022

The Commission on Elections has set Oct. 6 to 13 as the filing period of certificate of candidacy (COC) for those who intend to run in the Dec. 5 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The filing period will only run for six days as Oct. 9, which falls on a Sunday, is not included in the activity.

Aspirants in the village and youth polls may file their COCs at the Office of the Election Officer in their respective city or municipality.

The date of filing period of COC is stated in Sec. 7 of Republic Act 6679 in relation to Sec. 29 of RA 6646.

Sec. 7 states no person shall be eligible for any barangay position unless he files a sworn certificate of candidacy with the election registrar of the city or municipality concerned at least 10 days immediately before the day of the election.

The form and content of the certificate of candidacy shall be prescribed by the Commission on Elections.

The campaign period shall be 10 days before the election.

Sec. 29 states that “if it should no longer be reasonably possible to observe the periods and dates prescribed by law for certain pre-election acts, the Commission shall fix other periods and dates in order to ensure accomplishment of the activities so voters shall not be deprived of their right of suffrage.”

The campaign period for the Dec. 5 election will begin on Nov. 25 to Dec. 3. Voting period will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on election day. – PNA