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MANILA, Philippines – The filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2023 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) has been disrupted in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Abra due to severe flooding and rains brought by Typhoon Goring and the southwest monsoon.
The bad weather also resulted in the extension of the COC filing period in these areas.
The exact schedule is as follows:
- Metro Manila: COC filing suspended on August 31 and September 1, resumes on September 2, extended until September 4
- Abra: COC filing suspended on August 31, resumes on September 1, extended until September 4
- Ilocos Norte: COC filing on August 31, resumes on September 1, extended until September 3
Candidacy filing in the entire Philippines for the October 30 electoral exercise was originally scheduled on August 28 to September 2, from 8 am to 5 pm.
A total 944,325 elective aspirants submitted their documents for the upcoming elections in the first four days of COC filing.
There are 672,016 seats up for grabs in the long-delayed village and youth council polls.
It was initially supposed to be conducted in May 2020, but numerous postponements – including through a law that the Supreme Court said was unconstitutional – pushed back the schedule to its current date of October 30. – Rappler.com