Comelec checks the names of candidates in the COCs
ILOITO CITY – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) examines here the certificates of candidacy (COC) deposited, in particular the names of the candidates who will appear on the ballot paper if they respect the instruction not to exceed 30 characters.
In an interview on Saturday, City Comelec election aide Jonathan Sayno said candidates had until November 8 to correct misspelled names or change the way their names would appear on the ballot.
“They just need to write a letter to Comelec for this purpose,” Sayno said. “By October 29, the list of candidates will be published on the Comelec website but it is not yet official and subject to correction. This is why it is important that the candidates see the list because after November 15, Comelec will already finalize the official ballot.
He said the deposition of COCs in this highly urbanized city went smoothly and without any incident, including the violation of security protocols imposed due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
“In general, it was peaceful here in Iloilo and systematic despite being in the midst of a pandemic and having protocols and restrictions to follow,” Sayno said.
He added that there had never been a time when their office, located on Lopez Jaena Street in La Paz, was overcrowded because the 38 candidates vying for various positions filed their COCs at different times or for hours. with few people.
However, some candidates who arrived at the Comelec office without a COC form caused delays. They were mostly independent and political beginners.
Of the 38 candidates who submitted their COCs during the eight-day period, four are running for the sole Congress position of Iloilo City, three for the mayor, two for the vice mayor and 29 for the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council). (ANP)