Over 200 individuals who filed their certificates of candidacies (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections are now at risk of being declared as nuisance candidates, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) revealed on Wednesday.
Of the said figures, Comelec-Education and Information Department (EID) Assistant Director Elaiza David disclosed 82 are presidential aspirants, while 15 filed their COCs to run for vice president.
The remaining 108 are aiming to join the senatorial derby.
“This is our data on the number of petitions filed by Comelec to declare candidates as nuisance [bet],” David said in a televised interview over the government-run PTV.
The Omnibus Election Code allows Comelec to file motu propio petitions to declare aspiring candidates as nuisance candidates.
Among the conditions for a candidate to be declared as a “nuisance” is the filing of COC to put the election process in mockery or disrepute, or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates, or by other circumstances or acts that clearly demonstrate that the candidate has no bona fide intention to run.
In a related development, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body has also received 91 petitions for the cancellation of COCs of some aspiring candidates.
He stressed that the substitution rule does not apply to candidates with canceled COCs.
“If it is cancellation, it’s as if no COC was filed. Therefore, no right to substitution is attached,” Jimenez said at an online news briefing on Wednesday.
In its tentative list of candidates, Comelec was able to register the aspirants for the following national positions in the 2022 polls: 97 for president; 28 for vice president; and 174 for senators.
Comelec is expected to come out with the final list of the candidates for the 2022 elections after the deadline for the filing of voluntary substitution expires on Monday, November 15, 2021.