Comelec: No need for bio­data, cam­paign plat­form in COCs

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THE Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Comelec) on Sun­day said there is no need for can­di­dates in the May 14 Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) polls to at­tach their bio­data and cam­paign plat­forms in Cer­tifi­cates of Can­di­dacy (COCs).

“It ac­tu­ally has no bear­ing in the fil­ing of COCs. The Elec­tion Of­fi­cer will ac­cept the COC forms, with or with­out bio­data (and) pro­gram of gov­ern­ment,” Comelec posted on Twit­ter.

The clar­i­fi­ca­tion was is­sued af­ter re­ceiv­ing queries if the poll body added new re­quire­ments in the fil­ing of COCs.

The Comelec, how­ever, noted that it would be bet­ter if poll as­pi­rants who will file COCs will in­clude such doc­u­ments.

“This will help you in in­form­ing and ed­u­cat­ing vot­ers in vot­ing wisely come cam­paign pe­riod,” the Comelec added.

The De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) ear­lier urged Comelec to re­quire barangay and SK bets to sub­mit their bio­data or re­sume.

Last Satur­day, the poll body started the pe­riod of fil­ing COCs for the vil­lage and youth polls, which will run un­til Fri­day, April 20.

COCs must be filed with the Of­fice of the Elec­tion Of­fi­cer that has ju­ris­dic­tion over the barangay, where they are seek­ing of­fice, be­tween 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mean­while, Com­mis­sioner Rowena Guan­zon ad­vised would-be can­di­dates to make sure that they are not mem­bers of any po­lit­i­cal party.

“Be aware: Can­di­dates for barangay po­si­tions will sign Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy that states they are not mem­bers of any po­lit­i­cal party, group, or coali­tion of par­ties,” she posted on Twit­ter.

Un­der Sec­tion 38 of the Om­nibus Elec­tion Code, no per­son, who files a COC, shall rep­re­sent or al­low him­self to be rep­re­sented as a can­di­date of any po­lit­i­cal party or any other or­ga­ni­za­tion dur­ing the barangay and SK elec­tions.

“They could be pe­nal­ized in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Om­nibus Elec­tion Code, which is a crim­i­nal of­fense,” Guan­zon added. (PNA)

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