CNN Philippines : Comelec official: File COCs early, don't wait for last day

5 October 2021

By David Tristan Yumol | CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5) – An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday advised aspirants for national posts in the 2022 polls to file their certificate of candidacy (COC) and certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) ahead of the Oct. 8 deadline.

Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho made the appeal to avoid an influx of people during the last day of filing of COC and CONA.

"I'd like to convince those who are planning to file their COC, you have tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday. I-avoid natin magkumpul-kumpol sa (Let's avoid huge crowds on) Friday," Kho told reporters at the Harbor Garden Tent of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, where national posts bets file their COC and CONA.

Kho also reminded aspirants to check if they have complete requirements before submitting their COC and CONA to avoid returning to the filing center, especially on Friday.

"Pag Friday kayo pumunta, hindi na kayo makakabalik kasi mahaba masyado ang pila (If you will go on Friday, you will have a hard time because the lines will be long)," added Kho.

Party-list group Lingkud Bayanihan's CONA was rejected by the poll body on Oct. 2 due to incomplete requirements, but the organization successfully filed its papers on Tuesday.

A total of 26 aspirants for president, eight for vice president, 45 for senator, and 74 partylist groups have filed their COCs and CONAs since the filing started on Oct. 1.