COMELEC Says There Are 97 Presidential Aspirants for Election 2022
COMELEC – The Commission on Election will screen the 97 presidential aspirants to assure that they are not “nuisance” candidates.
The period set by the Commission on Election for the filing of candidacy is over. Several known incumbent politicians in the Philippines filed their candidacy for president. Most of them are backed by a political party as its standard bearer while some ran as independent.
Aside from the few known presidential aspirants, there are several private people who filed their bid for president in the Election 2022. According to the poll body, there is a total of 97 presidential aspirants, 28 vice presidential aspirants, and 175 senatorial aspirants.
COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez stressed that there really quite a lot of candidates in the upcoming poll. Speaking to TeleRadyo, the poll body’s spokesman said that they will screen the aspirants to determine whether or not they are “nuisance” candidates.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Jimenez explained that there are several categories for a nuisance candidate. The first category is when a candidate only filed his or her candidacy to make fun of the system. The second is when the candidate only filed his bid to create a confusion with a popular candidate with the same name as his or hers.
According to Jimenez, the third category of a nuisance candidate is when a candidate has no legitimate intention to run for an elective office. He stressed that the poll body has several different ways to determine whether or not a candidate has the legitimate intention to run for the position. It includes their platforms, campaign strategies, and many others.
The COMELEC spokesperson expressed that after the screening, the poll body is open to accept complaints from those who filed their bid. According to him, the list of the candidates may be finalized by December.
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