Comelec eyes Cavite special polls

5 days ago

Following the appointment of Jesus Crispin Remulla as Department of Justice secretary, the Commission on Elections is mulling to hold special elections for the 7th Legislative District of Cavite which had Remulla as its representative prior to his appointment.

Comelec chairperson George Garcia said they are hoping to conduct the special election by early 2023.

“We are hoping to hold that in the early part of next year and of course we are going to spend money as regards the conduct of this election,” Garcia said.

This comes after the poll body chief pleaded with Congress to put off passing any legislation that may call for a plebiscite because it might interfere with their planning for the 2025 midterm elections.

“We’re hoping that in the meantime, there should be a pause for the creation of provinces, naming of the barangays, because the Comelec is preparing for not only the barangay and SK elections but likewise for the very big election of 2025,” Garcia said.

Following Remulla’s appointment as Justice secretary, the House of Representatives passed a resolution in July requesting that a special election be held in Cavite’s seventh congressional district.

Prior to setting up for the special elections in the aforementioned district, the Comelec stated in August that it was still awaiting an official message from the House of Representatives.

Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco previously stated that the poll body will follow timelines for specific activities during the special election, similar to how they do during regular elections, including the filing of certificates of candidacy and a brief campaign period, among other things.

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