Comelec disqualifies 73 local bets

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified 63 nuisance candidates from local races in May.

The poll body is also dropping from the list of candidates 10 who have been found ineligible, either for failing to meet the age requirement or are not registered voters in the areas where they are running. They are:

Declared as nuisance in Comelec's Resolution 9610 are 5 congressional candidates, 7 gubernatorial candidates, and 24 mayoral candidates.

Here's a list of all the ineligible and nuisance candidates:

Most of the nuisance candidates are found in the National Capital Region (NCR), particularly in the cities of Caloocan and Manila where the most number of mayoralty candidates filed.

The poll body defines a nuisance candidate as one who “put[s] the election process in mockery or disrepute; cause[s] confusion among the voters by the similarity of names of registered candidates; or one who has no bona fide intention to run for the office."

Comelec earlier detected 41 suspected nuisance candidates, as stated in Minute Resolution 12-1101. Each of these 41 candidates was given a copy of the resolution and given 3 days to reply.

The resolution states that "fact-finding investigations and preliminary hearings by the field officials [show] that there are nuisance candidates who have filed their certificates of candidacy to put the election process in mockery and disrepute (such as having no clear and viable campaign plan, displaying, irrational behaviour), and cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates and by other circumstances or acts which clearly demonstrate that they have no bonafide intention to run for the office for which the COC has been filed (giving of an incorrect address in their COCs) and thus prevent a faithful determination of the true will of the electorate."

Comelec said they will now delete these candidates in the official list of candidates for the May elections. -