By Leslie Ann Aquino
The deadline for the substitution of candidates in the May 2019 midterm polls is until Thursday, Nov. 29.
In an Advisory, the Commission on Elections said the deadline for the substitution of an official candidate of a political party, who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment is on November 29.
“This deadline is set so that the name of the substitute candidate can still be printed on the official ballot,” it said.
Earlier, the poll body already said that no substitution due to withdrawal shall be allowed after the said date.
“Beyond this date, a candidate who died or was disqualified by final judgment may be substituted by someone who bears the same surname until midday of Election Day,” the Comelec said.
However, no substitute shall be allowed for any independent candidate.
“If the withdrawal, death, or disqualification should occur between the day before the elections and mid day of Election Day, the substitute candidate may file a Certificate of Candidacy with any Board of Election Inspector, Election Officer, Provincial Election Supervisor or Regional Election Director in the political subdivision where such person is a candidate, or in the case of candidate for senator , with the Law Department, provided that, the substitute and the substituted candidate have the same surnames,” read Comelec Resolution No. 10420.
The Comelec is looking to come out with the final list of candidates this December.