Comelec eyes longer campaign period


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is amenable to moving the start of the campaign period for next year’s polls a month early.

If implemented, candidates for national positions will have 120 days to campaign instead of the usual 90 days.

The proposal was made by Comelec Commissioner Richard Lim during a public consultation on Monday.

Lim suggested that the campaign period start on Jan. 10, 2016 instead of February 9. This would synchronize the beginning of the campaign period for candidates for national and local posts.

The Comelec official said adjusting the campaign period will serve as deterrent to “epal” candidates or those who use every opportunity to gain media mileage.

The filing for certificates of candidacy for the May 6, 2016 elections is scheduled from October 12 to 16, 2015.

Bartolome Sinocruz Jr., Deputy Executive Director for Operations (DEDO), said the campaign calendar will be finalized after consultations.


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