• 18,000 posts up for grabs in 2016


    VOTERS will elect 18,069 national and local officials on May 9, 2016.

    The electorate will choose the president, vice president, 12 senators, 235 district representatives, 58 party-list representatives, 235 district congressmen; 81 governors; 81 vice governors; 772 members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan; 144 city mayors; 144 city vice mayors; 1,610 city councilors; 1,490 municipal mayors; 1,490 municipal vice mayors; 11,924 municipal councilors; one Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor; ARMM vice governor; and 24 ARMM assemblymen.

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said candidates should file their certificates of candidacy from October 12 to 16, 2015.

    Based on the Calendar of Activities released by poll body, political parties are allowed to hold their conventions only from September 12 to 30, 2015. These gatherings are held to select and nominate a party’s candidates for all elective positions.

    Candidates for president, vice president, senators, and party-list groups can campaign from February 9 to May 7, while the campaign period for local candidates, including district representatives, begins on March 25 and ends on May 7.

    But since March 25 falls on Good Friday, the start of the campaign period will be on March 26.

    Meanwhile, the one-month voting for Filipinos abroad or those who are registered under the overseas absentee voting will start on April 9 until May 9.

    Under the election calendar issued by the Comelec, the counting of votes will start at 7 p.m. on May 9, 2016.

    The official canvassing of results and proclamation of winning provincial, regional, congressional, party-list, and senatorial candidates will be from May 13 to May 15.

    The winning presidential and vice presidential candidates will be proclaimed by Congress while the new senators and party-list representatives will be proclaimed by the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC). PNA


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