Election period, gun ban begin on Sunday

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During the entire election period, which runs from January 13 to June 12, it is prohibited to carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — The election gun ban will take effect starting Sunday, January 13, as the country marks the beginning of the poll season.

During the entire election period, which runs from January 13 to June 12, it is prohibited to carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons.

Qualified people or entities may however be exempted from the policy by applying for the appropriate certificate of authority at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Submission of requirements for the certificate began on December 1, 2018 and will end on May 29.

Processing of gun licenses will also be stopped during the election period. Employing and engaging the service of security personnel or bodyguards are banned as well.

The poll body had earlier said violation of the policies shall constitute an election offense in line with the Omnibus Election Code.

National and local elections will be held on May 13. The Comelec has yet to release the final lists of candidates for the polls.

Candidates for senator and party-list groups may campaign from February 12 to May 11, 2019. Campaigning is prohibited on March 28 (Holy Thursday) and March 29 (Good Friday). Individuals running for a position in the House of Representatives, as well as regional, provincial, city and municipal positions may begin their campaigns on March 30 until May 11, 2019.

Campaigning should cease on the eve of election day (May 12). A liquor ban will also be enforced from May 12 to 13.