The Commission on Elections has rescheduled the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections to Oct. 11 to 17, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said Wednesday.
The original schedule for the filing of CoCs was Oct. 1 to 5, 2018.
The leadership of the House of Representatives was relieved following the Comelec’s announcement that granted Congress’ request to reset the election schedule.
House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said the House could now focus on its legislative work as the election season begins with the CoC filing next month.
“Now we can buckle down to work and focus on deliberating on the priority legislative measures of the President without the distractions of the electoral campaign,” said Andaya, chairman of the House committee on rules.
“We have approved on third and final reading six of these measures and we hope to wrap up the committee and plenary deliberations on the other pending bills.”
Jimenez said via Twitter that the new schedule excluded Saturdays and Sundays.
“On the last day, there will be no extension of the filing hours. Please be advised,” Jimenez said.
On Monday, both chambers of Congress adopted resolutions urging the Comelec to move back the period for the filing of CoCs to Oct. 11 to 17, 2018. Maricel V. Cruz
The Senate resolution was introduced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III while the resolution at the House of Representatives was introduced by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.
No reason for the resetting of the filing of CoCs was mentioned during the Senate session, but in the House, the postponement was requested “to enable the members of Congress to fully attend to their legislative duties and meet the deadline for the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections.”
The House resolution said the 17th Congress is holding its session from Aug. 28 to Oct. 12 and will adjourn from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11.