Comelec-Siquijor organizes a simulation exercise for the COC depot
CITY OF DUMAGUETE – The Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor of the Electoral Commission (Comelec) in the province of Siquijor held a simulation exercise on Thursday for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for candidates for public office next year.
Lawyer Jerome Brillantes, the provincial election supervisor, told the Philippine News Agency that those involved in the activity were the Philippine National Police, the Fire Protection Bureau, relief and volunteers.
“We are now ready and everything is in place for the filing of the COC from October 1 to 8,” he said.
The simulation exercise took place as the island province of Siquijor grapples with an increasing number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which has resulted in the imposition of granular blockages in recent weeks. .
Brillantes said they were instituting measures for the effective start of the COC depot on Friday, such as setting up three tents on the Capitol grounds, to ensure a safe physical distance, as the Comelec office has a small space and can not accommodate more than 10 people, including its staff.
Health and safety protocols related to Covid-19 will be observed at all times, he assured.
The simulation exercise scenario was a peaceful negotiation with a “candidate for governor” filing a COC in the company of supporters who also wanted access to the polling station but were prevented from doing so for health and safety reasons, Brillantes said.
The provincial office of Comelec is located within the grounds of the Capitol, he noted.
He said he made it clear that only the candidate would be allowed into his office, unlike in the past where bodyguards, relatives and supporters could escort the politician.
At the provincial level, the positions to be filled in Siquijor during the elections of May 9, 2022 are governor, vice-governor, members of the board of directors and only representative of the district chamber.
The province of Siquijor has six municipalities – Siquijor, Maria, Lazi, Enrique Villanueva, Larena and San Juan, where candidates for the positions of mayor, vice-mayor and councilors will deposit their COCs at the respective offices of Comelec in their city. (ANP)