MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes says the poll body is now finalizing the final form of the certificates of candidacy (COC) that will be used for the filing of candidacies on October 1 to 5.
Brillantes says Comelec has amended the form to include a section to indicate that the candidate is a registered voter or will be a registered voter in a certain precinct.
He says the change was made because the filing of candidacies will be held before the registration of voters nationwide ends on October 31.
Local officials will file their candidacies at the provincial, city and municipal election officers. The Comelec’s main office will only handle national candidates.
Brillantes says that aside from this, the Comelec also has to adjust to the possible division of the province of Camarines Sur.
He also hopes that the Comelec can finish the accreditation and review of accreditation of new and existing party list groups. He says those which will be delisted can appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Comelec is also now screening nominees for party-list representatives, clarifying that just because a nominee is a millionaire, it doesn't mean the nominee will be disqualified based on that alone.
Brillantes says they want to make sure nominees really represent the marginalized sector.
He says one of the children of Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco is no longer running for a party-list seat. Velasco's wife was present during the deliberations of the accreditation for their party-list group.
Brillantes says that after the COCs are filed, Comelec will start hearing disqualification cases against individual candidates.
PCOS machines warehouse
Meanwhile, the Comelec's Special Bids and Awards Committee will do an ocular inspection of a bidder's warehouse in Carmona, Cavite. This is in connection with the bidding for the warehousing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.
Brillantes says this was the lone bidder that qualified but he doesn't want to say that they have the contract until they have hurdled post qualification procedures.
He also says the new Comelec warehouse will house both the PCOS machines in Cabuyao, Laguna and the Philpost warehouse of Comelec.
Brillantes says the contract for the Cabuyao warehouse expired last August 31 so the Comelec is now staying there on a monthly basis. Brillantes again sought to justify the high cost of warehousing, saying it covers about 39 months.