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Comelec slates special elections in 'new' Southern Leyte, South Cotabato districts.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced it will be holding special polls in the areas affected by the creation of new districts in Southern Leyte and South Cotabato in October.

'The first regular elections will be conducted on October 26, 2019, for the first and second legislative districts of Southern Leyte and the first and third [lone] legislative district of South Cotabato,' the poll body said in its Resolution 10551.

In preparation for both elections, the Comelec has released the guidelines for the filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) and Nomination of Acceptance for interested candidates.

They could file their COCs with their designated Office of the Provincial Supervisor from August 26 to 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The political parties or coalitions of the said candidates could submit their new list of authorized signatories needed for the COC filing to the Comelec Law Department not later than August 15, 2019.

Comelec said it will only entertain request for the correction of names to appear in the ballots for regular candidates up to September 11, 2019, and for substitute candidates until September 18, 2019.

The period for substitution for candidates, who voluntarily withdrew their candidacy for both elections, is on September 16, 2019.

'In case of death or disqualification by final judgment, the substitute who shall bear the same surname as the substituted may file a COC up to midday of Election Day,' Comelec said.

To recall, elections in Southern Leyte and South Cotabato were reset by Comelec in anticipation of the passage of new laws 'reapportioning' the legislative districts in both areas.

Southern Leyte's reapportioning was implemented on February 19, 2019, with the effectivity of Republic Act 11198.

In the case of South Cotabato, it happened after Republic Act 11243 on April 4, 2019.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Jul 26, 2019
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