May 2010 Elections Calendar of Activities and Periods of Prohibited Acts

The official Comelec website is down but thanks to eComelec and the PIA, we were able to obtain the Calendar of Activities and Periods of Prohibited Acts in connection with the conduct of the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.

The following are embodied in Resolution No. 8646, promulgated on July 14, 2009:

So the people will know...

August 17, 2009: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of political parties and for parties, organizations and coalitions under the Party-List system of representation.

November 20, 2009 until November 30, 2009: The filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for all elective positions. During the same period, registered party-list groups may also file manifestations of intent to participate in the party-list elections.

January 10, 2010 until June 9, 2010: Election period. Prohibited during this period are:
  • the alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct;
  • acts of bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, buildings, streets, parks, private vehicles, even if licensed to possess the same, are prohibited, unless authorized in writing by the Commission;
  • suspension of local elective officials;
  • transfer of officers and employees in the civil service;
  • the organization of maintenance of reaction forces or other similar forces;
  • the use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, whether or not such bodyguards are regular members of the AFP or other law enforcement agency.
February 9, 2010 until May 8, 2010: Campaign period for candidates for President, Vice-President, Senators and Party-List groups.

March 26, 2010 to May 8, 2010: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and elective provincial, city and municipal officials.

March 26 to May 10, 2010 - Prohibited acts are:
  • appointment or hiring of new employees;
  • creation or filling up of new positions;
  • promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege;
  • the construction of public works;
  • delivery of materials for public works;
  • issuance of treasury warrants or similar devices for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds.
April 10, 2010 (Host country time) until 3:00 PM of May 10, 2010 (Philippine Time): Casting of votes by overseas absentee voters (OAV).

May 9 and May 10, 2010 - Prohited acts:
  • campaigning;
  • selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor;
  • giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value.
May 10, 2010 - 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM: Election Day in the Philippines. Prohibited acts:
  • soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate of any political party within the polling place or within thirty meters thereof is prohibited;
  • voting more than once or in substitution of another;
  • holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing or any other similar sports.
June 9, 2010: Last day to file sworn statements of election contributions and espenditures.

Source: "Calendar of activities for the 2010 polls out", "Comelec calendar of activities for 2010 elections out"