The Negros Occidental provincial government officials running under the Love Negros-United Negros Alliance (UNegA) coalition and some congressional bets will file their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Friday, October 1, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said Tuesday, September 28
The filing of COCs starts Friday until October 8.
The filing of COCs for provincial and congressional bets will be held at the Social Hall of the Capitol in Bacolod City to ensure a bigger venue for social distancing, COMELEC provincial supervisor Ma. Fatima Aspan said.
Lacson said they will assign specific hours for the Love Negros-UNegA bets to file their COC’s on Friday to prevent crowding in observance of COVID-19 health protocols.
The governor and Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr. (Neg. Occ., 1st District) will file their COCs together.
While Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer will join his wife, Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District), in the filing of their COCs, Lacson said.
The candidates for Sangguniang Panlalawigan seats will be among the first to file their COCs on Friday, he added.
The campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups is from February 8 to May 7, Comelec announced.
The campaign period for candidates for the House of Representatives seat, and elective regional, provincial, city, municipal officials is from March 25 to May 7, 2022.
Meanwhile, more than 1,400 people again lined up to register to vote at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City starting in the wee hours of Tuesday, Wilfredo Geolingo, Task Force Disiplina action officer said.
Two persons waiting to register to vote were caught at 1 a.m. for violating curfew, he said.
Geolingo said many were young people were not observing the social distancing rule.
The voter registration period ends Thursday, September 30. An extension of the voter registration could lead to more people being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, he said.*