ELECTIONS 2022: Important dates, positions at stake

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MALABANG, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: A resident looking for her name at the list of voters during the Philippine national and midterm elections on May 13, 2019 in Malabang, Lanao del Sur in southern Philippines. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
MALABANG, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: A resident looking for her name at the list of voters during the Philippine national and midterm elections on May 13, 2019 in Malabang, Lanao del Sur in southern Philippines. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Are you one of the 67.5 million Filipino voters who will cast their ballots in the May 9 elections to elect national, provincial, and local officials who will, hopefully, address the country’s current political and social issues?

With only days left before the national elections, it’s not too late to start researching who is the most capable to serve the Filipinos.

With that in mind, take note of these important election dates from the Commission on Elections:

January 9 to June 8

  • Election period

  • Prohibition on carrying and usage of firearms

  • Prohibition on suspending from office of local elective officials

February 8 to May 7

  • Campaign period for nationally-elected positions

March 25 to May 7

  • Campaign period for locally-elected positions

April 10 to May 9

  • Voting for overseas voters

April 27 to April 29

  • Voting for local absentee voters in the Philippines

May 8

  • Election silence

May 9

  • Election day

  • Voting for non-absentee voters in the Philippines

May 9 to May 12

  • Counting of votes for city and municipal officials

May 10 to May 12

  • Counting of votes for provincial officials and members of Congress

(Source: Yahoo Philippines)
(Source: Yahoo Philippines)

The three-year term of office of winning candidates for local officials and House representatives will start on June 30, 2022, and end on June 30, 2025.

Meanwhile, the term of office of winning candidates for president, vice president, and senators is twice as long, starting on June 30, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2028.

What positions are at stake?

At the top of the ballot will be the election for the next President and Vice-President of the Philippines.

Filipinos will also have to vote for the following:

  • 12 seats to the Senate;

  • All 316 seats to the House of Representatives;

  • All 81 governors and vice governors, and 782 seats to provincial boards in all provinces

  • All 146 city mayors and vice mayors, and 1,650 seats to city councils in all cities

  • All 1,488 municipal mayors and vice mayors, and 11,908 seats to municipal councils in all municipalities

Basically, the people will vote to replace – or retain – all government positions, except for barangay level ones, which will be decided on December 5 later this year.

Despite the pandemic, 67.5 million Filipinos – with 65.7 million domestic voters and 1.8 million overseas voters – have managed to register to vote in the upcoming elections, according to Vote Pilipinas.

Know more about the 2022 Presidential elections, from candidate profiles to campaigning, here.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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