Malacañang announces Key Dates for 2013 Election Period



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Manila, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday announces the key dates to remember for the 2013 national and local elections. Prohibited acts for candidates and for the public are also informed by the Palace. Important reminders in relation to election day on May 13, 2013 are with reference to Comelec resolution no. 9385 and 9637.
Key Dates and Reminders for 2013 National and Local Elections Photo Credit: The Official  Gazette
Photo: Key Dates and Reminders for 2013 National and Local Elections
Photo Credit: The Official  Gazette

Campaign period for national election already started last February 12. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the multi-party electoral alliance that replaced United Opposition (UNO) is in clash with the Liberal Party for the platforms they boast to the public.

Key Events of the Election Period:
February 12 - Start of the national campaign which includes senatorial candidates and party-list groups

March 15 - Last day for local absentee voting application for government officials and employees, PNP and AFP personnel (See Comelec Resolution No. 9637)

March 31 - Last day for local absentee voting application for members of the media (See Comelec Resolution No. 9637)

March 29 - Start of the local campaign (candidates to the local House of Representatives, regional candidates, provincial candidates, city and municipal candidates)

April 13- May 13 - Oversees absentee voting.

April 28 - April 30 - Local absentee voting. (See Comelec Resolution No. 9637)

May 11 - Last campaign day for both national and local candidates

May 13 - Election day

June 12 - Last day to file Sworn Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE)


Prohited Acts for the Public

January 13 - June 12 : Bearing and transporting deadly weapons (gun ban)

May 12 - May 13: Accepting free transportation, food, drinks, and things of value from candidates. Selling and buying of alcoholic beverages (liquor ban).

May 13 : Holding of fairs and gambling sports
                Opening booths or stalls within 30meters of a polling place
                Soliciting votes or giving out propaganda for or against any candidate within 30m of
                         polling place


Prohibited Acts for Candidates

January 13 - June 12 : Use of bodyguards and security personnel (unless authorized by COMELEC)

February 12 - May 13 : giving donations or gifts of cash or kind

March 28 - March 29 : Campaigning on Holy Thursday and Good Friday

May 12 : Campaigning on a day before elections

May 12 -May 13 : Giving transportation, food, drinks, and things of value to voters

May 13 : Election day campaigning
               Soliciting votes or giving out propaganda for or against any candidate
               within 30m of a polling place.


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