THE Commission on Elections on Sunday reminded the candidates in the May 9 elections to list down and submit the contributions they received during the campaign period.
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the candidates must comply with the June 8 deadline for submitting their statement of contributions and expenditures.
“The June 8 deadline for the submission of the SOCE will be strictly enforced by the Campaign Finance Office headed by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, so there will be no extension,” Guanzon said.
“The earlier they comply with the submission of the SOCE, the better.”
Guanzon said the winning candidates who overspent during the campaign period could be removed from office.
“If you overspent during the campaign period, even if you were elected into office, the Comelec could still order your removal from office,” she said
The candidates who overspent will also be ordered to pay administrative fines of P10,000 to P30,000 for the first offense and P20,000 to P60,000 for the second offense depending on the elective position.
A Comelec resolution says an incomplete SOCE will be considered “not filed and shall subject the candidate or party treasurer to the penalties prescribed by law.”