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Political aspirants may voluntarily drop out of electoral race until November 29

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 10/11/2018 Sollorano, Vic
Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez on Monday, June 29, says the poll body will know on July 30 if it will revert to manual elections. © Joseph Morong Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez on Monday, June 29, says the poll body will know on July 30 if it will revert to manual elections.

Political aspirants who filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 13, 2019 polls can still change their minds and throw the towel in until November 29, 2018.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that aspirants can still withdraw their candidacy from October 18 to November 29 regarless of reason.

“From October 18 to November 29, anybody can withdraw their candidacy voluntarily.  In the event that the one who withdrew is from a political party, he or she can be substituted by the political party,” Jimenez told reporters.

“Why is that? Kasi kung part ka ng political party, part ka ng kanilang slate. Kung umalis ka, mabububungi ang slate, kaya they have a right to fill that gap,” the Comelec official noted.

“If you are an independent candidate, then there is no such substitution,” he added.

After the prescriptive period, candidates may still withdraw from the race but only involuntarily, meaning they can be out of the electoral race due to death or disqualification stemming from a case that has been rendered a final verdict.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, a candidate is deemed disqualified if he or she has been declared insane or incompetent by a competent authority or sentenced by final judgment for subversion, insurrection, rebellion or for any offense for which he or she has been sentenced to a penalty of more than 18 months, or for a crime involving moral turpitude.

In case a candidate dies or gets disqualified, his or her slot can still be filled in by a substitute but only by a person who shares his or her surname. The substitution is allowed until midday of election day on May 13, 2019.

“Kapag po sinabing pareho ng apelyido, hindi po kailangan kamag-anak. Basta pareho lang po ng apelyido,” Jimenez said. —VDS, GMA News

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