The 2019 Philippine Election Calendar

DATE/PERIODACTIVITIESPROHIBITED ACTS
May 13, 2018 (Sunday) to
August 11,2019 (Sunday)
Transfer, promotion, extension, recall or otherwise movement of officer or member of the foreign service corps from current post or position. (Section 36, R.A. 9189 as renumbered by Section 37 of R.A. 10590 and as implemented by Comelec Resolution No. 10312dated April 27, 2018.
July 02, 2018 (Monday) to
September 29, 2018 (Saturday)
Resumption of filing of applications for registration for purposes of the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections. (See Comelec Resolution No. 10392 dated June 19, 2018)
August 31, 2018 (Friday)Last day for currently registered political parties or coalition of political parties to submit a Sworn Information Update Statement (SIUS). (See Comelec Resolution No. 10411 dated July 31, 2018).
September 01, 2018 (Saturday) to
September 25, 2018 (Tuesday)
Holding of political conventions by political parties to select and nominate official candidates for all elective positions. (Sec. 13, R.A. 9369 in relation to Section 29 R.A. 6646and Section 28, R.A. 8436).
September 15, 2018 (Saturday)Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties. (See Comelec Resolution No. 10395 dated June 19, 2018, as amended by Comelec Resolution No. 10415dated August 29. 2018).

Last day for overseas voters to file application for transfer of registration records from the overseas registry to the local registry. (Sec. 35, Comelec Resolution No. 10217 dated October 27, 2017)
September 28, 2018 (Friday)Last day to submit List of Authorized Signatories with Specimen Signatures from political parties/coalitions.
September 30, 2018 (Sunday)Last day for overseas voters to file applications for registration / certification as overseas voters, transfer of registration records from one Post to another Post.
September 30, 2018 (Sunday)Last day for overseas voter who transfers from one residence to another within the same Post and Country, to update address. (Sec. 34, Comelec Resolution No. 10217 dated October 27, 2017).
October 09, 2018 (Tuesday)Last quarterly meeting for Election Registration Boards (ERBs) to approve/disapprove applications for registration, validation, etc., for areas covered by the plebiscite on the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, except Marawi City.
October 11, 2018 (Thursday) to
October 12, 2018 (Friday) and
October 15, 2018 (Monday) to
October 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
Filing of Certificates of Candidacy for all elective positions and Filing of Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance.

Filing of Certificate of Nomination and Certificate of Acceptance of Nomination of Party-List Groups.
October 15, 2018 (Monday)Last day to file petition for exclusion of an overseas voter from the National Registry of Overseas Voters (NROV). (Section 29, Comelec Resolution No. 10217 dated October 27, 2017).
October 18, 2018 (Thursday)
November 29, 2018 (Friday)
Period within which the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew his candidacy, may file certificate of candidacy.
October 18, 2018 (Thursday)
November 29, 2018 (Friday)
Period within which the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition, who died or was disqualified by final judgement, may file the substitute’s certificate of candidacy, so that the name of the substitute can still be printed on the official ballot.
October 22, 2018 (Monday)Last day for all Resident Election Registration Boards (RERBs) to act on all applications for registration / certification as overseas voters. (Section 19, Comelec Resolution No. 10167 dated October 27, 2017).
October 25, 2018 (Thursday)Last quarterly meeting for Election Registration Boards (ERBs) to approve/disapprove applications for registration, validation, etc., for Marawi City and areas not covered by the plebiscite to ratify the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”.
November 05, 2018 (Monday)Start of posting of the tentative list of candidates at the Comelec Website and at the offices where the COCs were filed, for the aspirants to check their names to appear on the official ballot.
November 09, 2018 (Friday)Last day to file a request for correction on the name to appear on the ballot.
November 30, 2018 (Friday) up to mid-day of election day.Period within which the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition, who died or was disqualified by final judgment, may file his certificate of candidacy, provided that the substitute candidate and the substituted candidate have the same surname.
December 05, 2018 (Wednesday)Last day to conduct raffle of accredited party-list group for purposes of determining the order of their listing in the official ballot. (See Comelec Resolution No. 10001 dated October 05, 2015)
December 14, 2018 (Friday)Last day for the Commission to announce the specific mode of overseas voting per country/post. (Sec. 23, R.A. 10590).
January 02, 2019 (Monday) to
January 31, 2019 (Thursday)
Constitution of Board of Canvassers (BOCs) and Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), DepEd Supervising Officers (DESOs) and Support Staff).
January 02, 2019 (Monday) to
January 31, 2019 (Thursday)
Constitution of Special Board of Election Inspectors and Support Staff for detainee voting.
January 13, 2019 (Sunday)Last day to prepare and update Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) and furnish copies to the PHL embassies, consulates and other foreign service establishments abroad. (Sec. 42, Comelec Resolution No. 10217 dated October 27, 2017).
January 13, 2019 (Sunday) to
June 12, 2019 (Wednesday)
ELECTION PERIODAlteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct. (Section 5, R.A. 8189).

Transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service. (Sec. 261 (h), Omnibus Election Code (OEC.)

Bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. (Sec. 32, R.A. 7166).

Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. (Section 33, R.A. 7166)

Organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other similar forces. (Section 261 (u), OEC).

Suspension of elective local officials. (Sec. 261 (x), OEC)
January 27, 2019 (Sunday)Last day to file petition for inclusion of voters in the permanent list of voters. (Section 34, Republic Act No. 8189).
February 01, 2019 (Friday)Last day to file petition for the exclusion of voters in the permanent list of voters. (Section 35, Republic Act No. 8189).
February 01, 2019 (Friday) to
February 15, 2019 (Friday)
Constitution of Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEIs), Special Ballot Reception and Custody Groups (SBRCGs) and Special Board of Canvassers (SBOCs) for overseas voting.
February 07, 2019 (Thursday)Last day for ERB Meeting to certify the list of voters. (Section 28 of Comelec Resolution No. 10166 dated October 25, 2016 in relation to Comelec Resolution No. 10188 dated July 19, 2017).
February 12, 2019 (Tuesday)Posting of the certified list of voters. (Sec. 30, R.A. 8189)
February 12, 2019 (Tuesday) to
May 11, 2019 (Saturday)
Campaign period for candidates for Senator and party-list groups participating in the party-list system of representation. (Section 5 (a) R.A. 7166 and Section 4, R.A. 7941).Campaigning on March 28, 2019 (Holy Thursday) and March 29, 2019 (Good Friday)
February 12, 2019 (Tuesday) to
May 13, 2019 (Monday)
Giving donations or gift in cash or in kind, etc. (Section 104, OEC).

Appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents and the like. (Section 261 (m), OEC)
March 11, 2019 (Monday)Last day to file application to avail of local absentee voting.
March 14, 2019 (Thursday)Last day for the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) to receive application forms for local absentee voting.
March 14, 2019 (Thursday) to June 12, 2019 (Wednesday)Illegal release of prisoners. (Section 261 (n), OEC).
March 29, 2019 (Friday)Last day to post notice of the date, time and place of testing and sealing of VCMs for overseas voting.

Last day to notify the SBEIs concerned of the date, time and place of the testing and sealing of the VCMs for overseas voting.
March 29, 2019 (Good Friday)Campaigning. (Section 5, R.A. 7166)
March 29, 2019 (Friday) to May 11, 2019 (Saturday)Campaign period for candidates for Member House of Representatives, and elective regional, provincial, city, municipal officials. (Section 5 (b), R.A. 7166)Campaigning on March 29, 2019 (Good Friday)
March 29, 2019 (Friday) to May 12, 2019 (Sunday)Appointment or hiring of new employees, creation or filling up of new positions; promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege. (Section 261 (g), OEC).

Construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrant or similar devises for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds. (Section 261 (w), OEC).
March 29, 2019 (Friday) to May 12, 2019 (Sunday)Release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds. (Section 261 (v), OEC).
April 08, 2019 (Monday) to April 12, 2019 (Friday)Testing and sealing of VCMs for overseas voting in selected Posts/countries. (Section 12, R.A. 9369 in relation to Section 28, R.A. 8436).
April 12, 2019 (Friday)Last day for CLAV to verify whether applicants are eligible to vote under local absentee voting.
April 12, 2019 (Friday)Last day to prepare list of qualified local absentee voters.
April 13, 2019 (Saturday)Last day to furnish every registered voter with a Voter’s Information Sheet. (Section 1, R.A. 7904).
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) to May 13, 2019 (Monday)Casting of votes by overseas voters. (Sec. 16.1, R.A. 9189 as amended by R.A. 10590).Campaigning abroad. (Sec. 22, R.A. 10590)
April 22, 2019 (Monday)Last day to post notice of the date, time and place of testing and sealing of VCMs.
April 22, 2019 (Monday)Last day for Election Officers to: (1) post copies Project of Precincts (POPs); (2) furnish copies of POPs to the official addresses of city/municipal candidates. (See Section 17 of Republic Act No. 9369 as implemented by Item No. 1 of Comelec Resolution No. 10092 dated April 14, 2016)

Last day for the Provincial Election Supervisors (PESs) to furnish copies of the POPs of cities/municipalities in the province to the official addresses of the concerned candidates for Member, House of Representatives and provincial elective positions. (See Section 17 of Republic Act No. 9369 as implemented by Item No. 2 of Comelec Resolution No. 10092 dated April 14, 2016.)

Last day for the Law Department to furnish copies of the POPs to the official addresses of candidates for national elective positions, including party-list groups participating in the party-list system of representation. (See Section 17 of Republic Act No. 9369 as implemented by Item No. 3 of Comelec Resolution No. 10092dated April 14, 2016)

Last day for the Information and Technology Department (ITD), in coordination with the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD), to post the POPs of cities/municipalities/districts in the official website of the Commission. (See Section 17 of Republic Act No. 9369 as implemented by Item No. 4 of Comelec Resolution No. 10092 dated April 14, 2016.)
April 25, 2019 (Thursday)Last day for CLAV to transmit the list of qualified local absentee voters, local absentee ballots and other election paraphernalia to all concerned heads of offices/ supervisors/ commanders / PES /RED NCR /CEOs.

Constitution of Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEIs) for local absentee voting.

Last day to notify the BEIs concerned of the date, time and place of the testing and sealing of the VCMs.
April 29, 2019 (Monday)Last day to prepare a list of APPs, their locations and summary of type of assistance that they will require as identified by the PWD or SCs during registration. (See Section 6 (a) of Comelec Resolution No. 10108 dated April 29, 2016.)
April 29, 30, & May 01, 2019 (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)Voting by local absentee voters.
May 03, 2019 (Friday)Last day to constitute Reception and Verification Unit (RVU) and Special Board of Canvassers for Local Absentee Voting.
May 06, 2019 (Monday) to May 10, 2019 (Friday)Testing and sealing of the VCMs. (Section 12, R.A. 9369 in relation to Section 28, R.A. 8436).
May 12, 2019 (Sunday)EVE OF ELECTION DAYCampaigning (Sec. 5, R.A. 7166) Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicating liquor. (Section 261 (dd), OEC.)
May 12, 2019 (Sunday)Giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value. (Section 89, OEC.)
May 13, 2019 (Monday)ELECTION DAY



Casting of votes and, thereafter counting and consolidation of votes
Campaigning (Sec. 5, R.A. 7166)

Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicating liquor. (Section 261 (dd), OEC.)

Giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value. (Section 89, OEC.)

Voting more than once or in substitution of another (Section 261 (z), (2) and (3), OEC.)

Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within 30 meters thereof. (Section 261 (cc), OEC.)

Opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise or refreshments within a radius of thirty (30) meters from the polling place. (Section 261 (dd) (2), OEC.)
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or any other similar sports. (Section 261 (dd) (3), OEC.)
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Casting of votes for detainee voting at special polling places, up to 3:00 o’clock p.m. (See Section 1 of Comelec Resolution No. 9371dated March 06, 2012)
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Last day for registered overseas voters to cast their votes.
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Convening of the Municipal / City / District, Provincial and Regional Boards of Canvassers, National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), for Senators and Party-List Election, and thereafter, consolidation and canvassing of votes.
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Last day for CLAV to receive envelopes containing the local absentee ballots.
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Start of counting of local absentee votes.
May 13, 2019 (Monday)Convening of the SBOC for Local Absentee Voting.
May 13, 2019 (Monday) to May 16, 2019 (Thursday)Count and canvass precinct results and proclaim winning city/municipal elective officials.
May 13, 2019 (Monday) to May 17, 2019 (Friday)Period within which the Election Officers (EOs) shall advise in writing, by personal delivery or registered mail, all candidates residing in his jurisdiction to comply with their obligation to file their Sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). (Sec. 14, R.A. 7166).
May 17, 2019 (Friday) to May 19, 2019 (Sunday)Canvass results and proclaim winners for senatorial, congressional, party-list, regional and provincial elections.
June 12, 2019 (Wednesday)Last day to file SOCE. (Section 14, R.A. 7166).

Source: Philippine Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10429 dated October 1, 2018.

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