The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will release the list of official candidates for the 2022 elections in December.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez confirmed that the final list will be announced after they remove nuisance candidates.

“Ine-expect natin ang final list mga around December. ‘Yun ang final na. Ang pagsasala magagaganap ngayon hanggang that point, October, November,” Jimenez said in an interview over radio station DZBB.

Jimenez revealed that 97 individuals have filed their certificate of candidacy (COC) for presidency and 28 candidates for the vice presidency. 

“Sa pagkapresidente lang, 97, so ang dami mo pang sasalain kaagad dyan. Sa VP, 28, so medyo talagang maraming trabaho. Kita mo naman, unang tingin mo lang, alam mo nang makakatanggal ka ng 95 percent ng mga nagfile so siguro ang matitira natin, mga hindi siguro lalagpas ng sampu,” he said.

Filing of COCs was held last October 1 to 8. Under Comelec rules, substitution of candidates is allowed until November 15. Ronald Espartinez