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No CoC withdrawal deadline — Comelec

There is, in fact, no deadline for voluntary withdrawal. You can withdraw anytime, even on the day of the election

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said there’s no deadline for any voluntary withdrawal of the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for the upcoming polls in 2022.

In a hybrid press briefing, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said a candidate may file his or her voluntary withdrawal at any time, even during election day on 9 May 2022.

“After 15 November, there can be no substitution for withdrawals that are voluntary. The only deadlines we give are for substitution. For those removed from the race involuntarily by death or disqualification, the deadline on when you should submit your substitution is midday of election,” Jimenez said in a press briefing.

“Taking all of that under consideration, there is in fact, no deadline for voluntary withdrawal. You can withdraw anytime, even on the day of the election.”

Jimenez also said a qualified candidate can even voluntarily withdraw even after he or she was proclaimed the winner of the election.

“If that happens, the result will take that withdrawal into consideration,” Jimenez said.

Meanwhile, some supporters of presidential aspirant Sen. Christopher Go congregated in front of the Comelec on Monday afternoon, still hopeful that the lawmaker will stay in the race.
Go declared that he is backing out of his presidential bid last week.

He has yet to withdraw his CoC.

The lawmaker, however, appealed to his supporters to refrain from spending on their own to produce election and campaign materials on his behalf, saying he has decided on his withdrawal for good.

“I have told President (Rodrigo) Duterte about it. My family is against it. And please, consider it as your Christmas gift to me that you understand the reasons for my withdrawal,” Go said.

“Even if I have yet to make my withdrawal formal, I am trying to explain to my supporters that my decision is final and firm,” he added.

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