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The country’s poll body, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced the official schedule of Filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the 2016 National Elections. The COMELEC has set the date October 12 to 16, 2015 as filing of certificates of candidacy schedule for those running in the 2016 elections, from President down to Local Government posts.


COMELEC held a regular meeting last March 17, and based on the minutes of their gathering, those gunning for elective posts on May 9, 2016 Elections will have five days to make their candidacy official. New political parties, party-list groups and coalitions have until May 8 to file their application for registration while existing party-list organizations were also given similar deadline to file their “manifestation of intent” to run.

James Jimenez, the spokesman of COMELEC noted that party-list groups will no longer be required to submit the names of their nominees when they file their manifestation of intent in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in 2013.

The poll body, however, would continue to screen party-list organizations strictly against basic requirements on membership, headquarters, existence and background, among others.

The Commission on Election also exercised extreme measures for the upcoming elections as the agency plans to replace all of the 82,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that are now the subject of a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court.

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