If in the past, Certificate of Candidacies (COC) from candidates were still received and processed even at midnight on the last day of filing, this year that was changed.
This year, there is a new rule in filing COCs.
The resolution from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dated 21st of September, states that candidates can only submit their COCs from 8am until 5pm.
Nevertheless, Elma Cahilig, the Comelec Officer of Malay said if there are still many who are in line at their office to submit their COCs, before 5PM strikes, the names of all those in line will be listed and called to process their COCs on the same day.
On the other hand, the Comelec Officer requested candidates to file their COCs early and not to wait for rush hour.
This year’s COC filing will be from the 1st of October until the 5th of October for the Midterm election.
In addition, Cahilig stressed that the deadline of the filing of candidacy will be October 5, and to give sufficient time to candidates, it is to be expected that their office is open even during “lunch break.” However, the regular hours for filing will be implemented in the morning and afternoon during the filing period.