COMELEC adds negative RT-PCR test result as requisite when filing for COC

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City Comelec Election Assistant II Jonathan Sayno (inset) said all those seeking posts in next year’s national and local elections are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result prior to being allowed to file their COCs. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Visayas Politics and Manila Bulletin)

ILOILO CITY–Candidates wishing to troop to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office in the city and province of Iloilo to file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for the upcoming May 2022 national and local elections in the first week of October need to be reminded that aside from the usual requirements in previous elections, they will also be asked to present a negative RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result prior to being taken in.

Iloilo City COMELEC Election Assistant II Jonathan Sayno said this is based on the poll body’s Resolution 10717 enumerating additional guidelines in the filing of COCs for next year’s elections.

According to Sayno, candidates should show up at the local COMELEC office complete with the required documents: a fully filled out COC complete with documentary stamps and a Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) if the candidate belongs to a political party.

He added that the period of the filing of COCs will be from October 1 to 8, 2021, from 8 am to 5 pm. Also, candidates should personally file their COCs in the local COMELEC office and not through fax or e-mail.

The city COMELEC official also said that each candidate will only be allowed to bring with them no more than two escorts inside and everyone must wear a face mask and a face shield throughout their stay.

In addition, while media persons will be allowed inside the office, they, too, would need to present a negative RT-PCR test result before entry. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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