Dates to remember for the upcoming elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's almost time for the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) to reveal the list of eligible candidates for the 2019 elections.

Millions of Filipinos are expected to vote for local officials, party-list representatives, and 12 senators. With the fate of the Legislative branch hanging in a balance, the upcoming elections is a very important one. 

Here are the dates to remember:

November 5

The list of tentative candidates are posted on the COMELEC website. Candidates have until November 9 to submit corrections on how their names will appear on the ballot.

December 14

COMELEC announces how overseas voting will be conducted.

January 13

Election period starts. This is also the last day for COMELEC to release the Certified List of Overseas Absentee Voters (CLAV).

February 12

Campaign period starts for Senatorial and party-list candidates.

March 28

Holy Thursday. Campaigning is not allowed.

March 29

Good Friday. Campaigning is not allowed.

March 30

Campaign period starts for House of Representative candidates, and for candidates for regional, provincial, city and municipal officials.

April 8 to 12

Testing and sealing of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) for overseas voting.

April 12

Deadline for CLAV to prepare a list of qualified local absentee voters.

April 13

Deadline for voters to receive their Voter's Information Sheets.

April 13 to May 13

Voting period for overseas voters. Candidates should cease all overseas campaigns.

April 22

Deadline to post the date, time and place of testing and sealing the VCMs.

April 25

Deadline for CLAV to transmit the list of qualified local absentee voters, local absentee ballots and other election paraphernalia to all concerned heads of offices/ supervisors/ commanders / PES /RED NCR /CEOs.

April 29 to May 1

Voting by absentee local voters.

May 6 to 10

Testing and sealing of VCMs.

May 11

Campaign period ends.

May 12

Liquor ban starts. Campaigning and giving/accepting free transportation, food, drinks or other things of value are also banned.

May 13

Election day.

May 13 to 17

Election officers should inform candidates to file their Sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

May 17 to 19

Votes are counted. Proclamation of winners for senatorial, congressional, party-list, regional and provincial elections.

June 12

Deadline for candidates to file their SOCE. Election period ends.