The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.
While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.
Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:
May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties
October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions
November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.
February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.
March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.