Comelec: Village, youth polls bets have until Friday to file COCs

MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said the period for the filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) by aspirants in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will not be extended.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that those who would like to participate in the forthcoming polls have until Friday to submit their respective COCs at the poll body office in the city/municipality they intend to run.

We will not have an extension. It will end Friday, April 20. We don't have an announcement or plan to extend the filing period. As we speak, April 20 is our last day of filing and our office hours are still 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., he said in a weekly forum in Manila.

Jimenez added that after the filing period, the COCs will be brought to the Comelec central office for evaluation.

We need to finish the evaluation for two weeks then we will issue a list of candidates for the village and youth polls, he said.

Meanwhile, the Comelec reported that a total of 305,082 COCs have been filed since the filing period started on April 14.

Of the number, a total of 225,617 COCs were filed for barangay elections, with 28,436 vying for barangay chairman and 197,181 aspiring for kagawad (councilor).

Meanhwile, 79,465 COCs were filed for SK elections, with those vying for chairman numbering to 18,298 and kagawad totaling to 61,167.

Jimenez said the figures were from the reports of 1,444 cities and municipalities. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency