Filing of candidacies for 2019 elections postponed to October 11-17

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has re-scheduled the filing for the certificate of candidacies for the 2019 local and national elections.

The development was confirmed Wednesday by Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

Jimenez said the filing period will exclude Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14. It was previously set on October 1 to 5.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Jimenez said the poll body decided to move the schedule per request of solons.

"Nagbigay po ng resolusyon ang ating kamara na nagsasabi na baka maantala yung last few days ng kanilang session, kasi siyempre marami silang tinatapos na trabaho diyan," Jimenez told CNN Philippines Balitaan.

"Nangagamba sila na baka pag magkasabay yung filing ng COC, baka magpunta sa mga probinsya ang mga representante natin at maantala ang trabaho sa kamara."

[Translation:The House of Representatives filed a resolution saying that the last few days of session may be delayed because, of course, they are finishing a lot of work in there. They're afraid that the schedule for filing may interfere with their work in the provinces.]

"So nabigyan pa rin natin sila ng limang araw, so hopefully, makapag-focus sila doon sa last five days ng session nila," he added.

[Translation:So we still gave them five days. So hopefully, they can focus on their last five days of their session]

The spokesperson, through his social media account, announced there will be no extension of filing hours.