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Comelec appeals vs extravagant gimmicks on filing of COCs

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday appealed to candidates running in the 2013 elections not to use elaborate gimmicks in filing their certificates of candidacy starting next week.   A report by radio dzBB's Cecilia Villarosa said the Comelec is particularly wary of candidates using gimmicks like bands to announce their arrival.   Such gimmicks threaten to disrupt the day-to-day activities at the Comelec, whose main office is at the Palacio del Gobernador building in the historic Intramuros district in Manila.   The Comelec also appealed to the candidates to keep their supporters "in check" and not to engage the supporters of opposing candidates in loud argument or violence. “I would like to ask those filing their COCs to keep your supporters in check. As we know in previous elections the filing of COC is rather long and realistically speaking the opposing parties can avoid each other especially for the local candidates where rivalries can run rather hot,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez. Section 3 of Comelec Resolution 9518 states that candidates for senator should file their COCs at the poll body's main office in Manila; at the regional, provincial, or municipal election offices for members of the House of Representatives and local officials; and ARMM regional and provincial election offices for ARMM candidates. For its part, the Manila Police District said it will deploy enough personnel to the Comelec area to ensure peace and order.   Candidates running for national positions in the 2013 midterm elections are expected to troop to the Comelec office in Manila from October 1 to 5 to file their certificates of candidacy.   The Comelec reminded the candidates the office hours during these days are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Meanwhile, the Comelec Education and Information Division said voter registration will be suspended October 1 to 5 for the filing of certificates of candidacy of the prospective candidates.   "Important! Voter Registration is suspended from October 1 to 5, 2012; will resume October 6. This is to give way to the filing of COCs," it said on its Twitter account. — KBK, GMA News