Comelec amends rule on substitute candidates

MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has amended its rule on substitute candidates particularly for those who will withdraw their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the May 2019 midterm polls.

According to Comelec Resolution No. 10430, promulgated on October 1, substitute bets will not be allowed to take the place of candidates, who will withdraw their COC, after November 29.

It amended Comelec Resolution No. 10420, which states that the substitute for a candidate who died, withdrew his candidacy, or was disqualified by final judgment, may file a COC up to mid-day of election day.

The current rule on substitution is similar to the policy adopted by the poll body in the 2016 elections.

The said resolution has retained the rule that substitute for a candidate, who died or is disqualified by final judgment after November 29, is allowed to file a COC until mid-day of election day.

But, it noted that the substitute and the substituted should have the similar surnames.

The poll body added that there will be no substitute to be allowed for any independent candidate.

The five-day COC filing period for running in the May 13, 2019 polls will be from October 11-17 except on October 13-14, that falls on a weekend. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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