Official says Comelec can't run after early campaigners due to SC decision

October 16, 2012 10:52 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 16 — Many candidates for the May 13, 2013 mid-term elections are now in the campaign trail but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) can’t do nothing about it because of a Supreme Court (SC) ruling, thus confirmed Comelec assistant regional director lawyer Marlon Casquejo.

A standing SC decision declares that although political candidates have filed their certificate of candidacy (COC), they are not considered as candidates for the May 2013 elections from October 6, 2012 until March 29, 2013, for those vying for the local elections, the day when the campaign period officially starts.

Aspirants for the national elections are only considered candidates at the start of the campaign period on February 12, 2013.

But for Comelec, campaigning before the official campaign period is considered an election violation. That is why Comelec now is studying options as to how to run after these erring political aspirants, Casquejo said.

Comelec en banc has declared February 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013 as the campaign period for those running as senator and for the party-list groups participating in the May 2013 elections; March 29 to May 11, 2013, for those running as congressmen or members of the House Representatives, and elective regional, provincial, city and municipal officials.

All campaigning will end on May 11, 2013, as campaigning on May 12, 2013, the day before and during the day of the elections itself on May 13, 2013, is already prohibited. (PNA)

LAP/JUDY G. QUIROS/SSC

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