MANILA- The 2019 election gun ban will run from January 13 up to June 12, the Commission on Elections announced Friday.
During the said period, it is prohibited to bear, carry or transport firearms, explosives or other deadly weapons.
Qualified people may however seek a gun ban exemption by applying for the appropriate certificate of authority at the Comelec.
The poll body said interested persons may inquire about the requirements and get their application forms at the Comelec main office from Dec. 1, 2018 to May 29, 2019.
"Unless properly covered by a CA (certificate of authority), any permit to carry firearm/s outside one’s residence or place of business will be ineffective and without force and effect during the election period," Comelec said.
The public is also reminded on the ban of employing or engaging the services of private bodyguards.
Violation of the said prohibited acts shall constitute an election offense, the Comelec said.
The poll body earlier said it would release the final list of candidates for the 2019 midterm elections on Dec. 15.