Comelec Mandaue reminds bet to file Soces, says it only got 3 statements

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ONLY three Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (Soces) were submitted so far to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Mandaue two weeks after the national and local elections.

Election officer Sarah Reuyan said they only recorded three successful Soce submissions as of Tuesday, May 31.

The three Soces were submitted by Councilors Nerissa Soon-Ruiz and Jimmy Cortes Lumapas, as well as Cirilo Oplado, who ran in the May 9 polls as an independent councilor.

The Comelec office received, though, several Soces but the rest were returned due to incomplete requirements.

One of the essential requirements needed in filling the Soce is the official receipt (OR) of the candidates’ expenses during the campaign period. The receipts have to be attached to their statements.

If the candidates do not have an OR, they can ask the Bureau of Internal Revenue for certification, said Reuyan.

Under Republic Act 7166, every candidate and political party must file to the Comelec their "full, true, and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures" in connection with the elections within at least 30 days after the day of the election.

The deadline for submission of Soce nationwide is on June 8, 2022.

Earlier, Comelec acting spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said that even those who withdrew their candidacies and political parties are required to submit their expenses and contributions during the campaign period.

He added that every person considered a "political candidate" is not exempted from filing a Soce, even those with zero expense.

He said winning candidates who failed to submit their Soces will be barred from assuming their posts until they file their statements.

Under the law, candidates who fail to submit their statements for the second time will be subject to disciplinary action and will be banned from running for any public position. (HIC)

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