Comelec reminds all bets to submit SOCE by June 13.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates that the deadline of filing for the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce) by national and local candidates for the May 2019 elections is on June 13, and failure to do so will prevent them from assuming office.
During a news briefing at the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) command center at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Wednesday, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said that the candidates who filed their registration for the 2019 national and local elections, must submit their Soce's 30 days after the election day.
The election happened on May 13, which means that the deadline for filing of the Soce will fall on June 13, 2019.
'For the candidates, we are reminding them, whether they ran for office or not and whether they won or not, they are required to submit their Soce within 30 days from the end of the elections. So it's until June 13 that they can submit their Soce, whether they won or not and whether they ran for office or not. They need to submit their Soce,' Jimenez said.
He explained that failure to submit their respective Soce's will be reported to the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) which will pose problems for those assuming office.
'Failing to do so, especially for local government officials will have problems assuming office, we will consult it with the DILG so that it will entail consequences, they will not be able to assume their elected positions,' he said.
Comelec Commissioner Rowena V. Guanzon also called on candidates who ran for the national and local elections to clean up their campaign materials and paraphernalia in the streets, as leaving the materials in their state is an election offense.
'It's an election offense already if the three-day notice was posted and they still didn't remove their materials. We will know that through the committee, those who did not remove despite the notice,' Guanzon said.
She mentioned that there if the candidates spent money to post their respective campaign materials, they are capable for spending in line with its cleanup as well.
'We are calling on the candidates, you spent so much on placing your posters everywhere, you should also spend a bit for its removal and place them in proper receptacles. You can even give it to those who have people who do not have a roof on their houses,' she said.
Under Republic Act 7166, a candidate that has won during the national and local elections may not assume office until he'she has already submitted their respective Soce. The law says: 'Every candidate and treasurer of the political party shall, within 30 days after the day of the election, file in duplicate with the offices of the Commission the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election. No person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the Soce herein required.'
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|Publication:||Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)|
|Date:||May 15, 2019|
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