Comelec extends CoC deadline for ARMM polls

By Anna Valmero

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA--The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended the filing of certificates of candidacies or CoCs for the August 8 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In a text message on Monday, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the deadline for the filing will be on May 25, two days after the original schedule.

Jimenez, however, failed to add the reason for the extension, adding details on the move will be announced later.

“Tuloy ang elections sa ARMM (The ARMM elections will push through),” Jimenez said.

The Comelec Maguindanao office opened two new offices wherein gubernatorial and legislative candidates can file their CoCs, namely at the second floor of Neighbor’s Center in Tomas Castillo Road, Baliwasan, Moret in Zamboanga City and at the Lanao del Sur Capitol Compound in Barangay Buadi-Sacayo, Marawi City.

Some 1.7 million voters in ARMM  are  expected to join the elections and vote for the gubernatorial and legislative positions in the region.

Other parties, however, believe that it is best to defer the polls and assign officers-in-charge for the meantime in the region after the term of the elected officials expire.

If the Senate bill that seeks to to postpone the ARMM elections and synchronize it with the 2013 midterm elections gets approved by June, Jimenez said it would result in “operational complications” on the part of the Comelec.

“Operational complications will arise from the delayed decision on the postponement of the polls. Pag umabot hanggang June at saka lang sila nagpostpone, nakapaglatag na tayo ng operations for ARMM at yun ang tatamaan (If they only decide to postpone the polls by June, our preparations for the polls will be affected). As far as administrative is concern, wala namang isyu (it's not an issue),” Jimenez said.

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