Tuesday, October 16, 2012
How to Substitute a Candidate in the 2013 Election
After the October 5, 2012 deadline for the filing of candidacy, a lot of politicians were still at a loss how to interpret the Commission on Election’s Resolution 9518 on substitution. My simple illustration: If my media friend Atong Remogat filed his candidacy (senator, congressman, governor, mayor, or other which is a patent impossibility if not for my hypothetical illustration here) in October 1 to 5, 2012 he has up to 5:00 pm of December 21 to be substituted if he withdraws, dies (God Forbid!), or disqualified for any cause. He may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same political party (Nationalist People’s Coalition, Liberal Party, Birthday Party, etc) or a coalition of parties. No substitute shall be allowed for any independent candidate (Section 15).