Candidates both in the national and local races are expected to take a pause in their feverish campaigns in observance of the Holy Week.
In particular, the candidates are mandated to suspend their respective campaigns on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday or on April 18 and 19 according to the Commission on Election in compliance to the Omnibus Election Law. This prohibition is similar in 2016 and in previous other elections.
Any candidate who is proven to have violated the prohibition can be charged with an election offence that carries up to six years imprisonment, disqualification from running for public office and removal of the right to vote.
The campaign for senatorial candidates and party-list groups started last February 12, while those running for local positions started on March 29. Campaigning ends on May 11 or two days before the May 13 midterm elections.