Calendar of activities, list of bans for 2016 Philippine elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has promulgated Resolution Number 9981, setting the calendar of activities for the next national and local elections on May 9, 2016.

Take note of these dates as well as prohibited acts, so you may be properly guided. The list is grouped by activity type.

 

Voter registration, biometrics validation

 

Candidacies

 

Election, campaign periods

The following are prohibited acts during the election period:

 

The following are prohibited acts during this period, up to May 9, 2016:

 

The following are prohibited acts during this period, up to May 8, 2016:

 

Election Day, voting periods, post-election

The following are prohibited acts on the eve of the election and on Election Day itself:

 

Other prohibited acts

 

Other Comelec activities

Administrative tasks:

August 31, 2015
- Last day to allocate elective seats for Member, House of Representatives, and other local elective positions

January 4 to 15, 2016
- Formation of the Board of Canvassers (BOC) and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI)

April 9, 2016
- Last day for Comelec to furnish every registered voter with a voter's information sheet

April 22, 2016
- Last day for Comelec to post notice of date, time, and place for testing and sealing of vote-counting machines

May 2 to 6, 2016
- Testing and sealing of vote-counting machines

May 9 to 13, 2016
- Period for election officers to notify candidates to comply with the obligation to file SOCEs

For general voters' registration:

November 16, 2015
- Last quarterly meeting for local Election Registration Boards (ERB) to approve or disapprove applications for registration, validation, etc.

January 24, 2016
- Last day to file petition for inclusion of voters in the permanent list of voters

January 29, 2016
- Last day to file petition for exclusion of voters in the permanent list of voters

February 4, 2016
- Last day for ERB Meeting to certify the list of voters

February 9, 2016
- Posting of the certified list of voters

March 11 to 24, 2016
- Issuance or sending of notices of inspection and verification of completeness of the precinct book of voters

March 25 to April 9, 2016
- Inspection, verification, and sealing of the precinct book of voters

For overseas voting:

November 16, 2015
- Last day for all Resident ERBs overseas to act on all applications for registration/certification as overseas voters

December 1, 2015
- Last day for the Comelec to announce the specific mode of overseas voting per country/post

January 10, 2016
- Last day to prepare and update Certified List of Overseas Voters, and furnish copies to the Philippine embassies, consulates, and foreign service posts abroad

February 1 to 14, 2016
- Forming of special BOCs, special BEIs, and Special Ballot Reception and Custody Groups for overseas voting

March 25, 2016
- Last day to post notice of date, time, and place for testing and sealing of vote-counting machines for overseas voting

April 4 to 8, 2016
- Testing and sealing of vote-counting machines in selected posts/countries for overseas voting

For local absentee voting:

March 10, 2016
- Last day for the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) to receive application forms

April 15, 2016
- Last day to verify eligibility of applicants for local absentee voting
- Last day to prepare list of qualified local absentee voters

April 21, 2016
- Last day for the CLAV to furnish a list of qualified local absentee voters to concerned officials, as well as the constitution of special BEIs for local absentee voting

April 30, 2016
- Constitution of the special BOC for local absentee voting

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