MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 500 candidates who filed in October their candidacies for various local positions for the May elections backed out, but most of them have fielded substitutes, usually their relatives.
Data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that 471 individuals filed their certificates of candidacy to replace those who have either backed out of the race or died. Among those who were replaced are 9 congressional candidates, 6 gubernatorial candidates, and 56 mayoralty candidates nationwide. The rest were candidates for city or municipal councilor.
Of those who applied as substitute candidates, however, 446 were allowed by the poll body to join the local races. read more at www.rappler.com