Metro Manila · Elections (2nd Monday in May)

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There are nation-wide election every three years in the Philippines. The last elections were held in May 2013 and the upcoming elections are going to take place in May 2016.

Guide for Megacitizens

The official campaigning period for senators started in February 3013, with those for other positions following soon. For Megacitizens this means occasional traffic jams as campaigning parades and public relations teams are on track to promote their politicians as well as unforeseeable events e.g. due to political violence. So for those three months of 2016, you should take some precautions:

  1. It is always good to stock some food and beverages during this time of the year, as you might not be able to make it to your favourite supermarket when you need to;
  2. Avoid crowds, gathered to cheer for a politician or a campaigning team;
  3. There are no liqueurs being sold and should not be consumed on the day of the election and the day before the election.

Metro Manila is actually quite safe when it comes to election-related political violence. However, keep it in mind (see 2.). Outside the Megacity however, political violence is more likely. If you are out for a business trip or just vacationing, be extra careful when you see political gathering and the like.

The Positions

President and Vice President

The President and the Vice President are elected every 6 years, the last time in 2010. So there will be presidential elections held during this 2016 elections.

Senators

Senators are elected for a 6-year term. Senatorial elections however are every three years. So in 2016, half of the Senate, 12 Senators are going to be elected.

Congressman

Congressman and -woman are elected for a 3-year term. So, during every election, the House of Representatives is completely being elected.

Local Positions

Similar to the House of Representatives' election, mayors, councilman and -woman and other local politicians are elected in a 3-year rotation.

E-Voting

Since the 2010 elections, the Philippines employ election machines for people to cast their vote. For further information, see the website of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)

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The 2013 elections were the second ever held automated elections in the country. In the weeks leading to the elections more than 65 people became victims of election-related violence.