ACT NO. 9006
12. Substitution of Candidates.
In case of valid substitutions after the official ballots have been
printed, the votes cast for the substituted candidates shall be
considered as stray votes but shall not invalidate the whole ballot.
For this purpose, the official ballots shall provide spaces where
the voters may write the name of the substitute candidates if they
are voting for the latter: Provided, however, That if the substitute
candidate is of the same family name, this provision shall not apply.
13. Authority of the COMELEC to Promulgate Rules; Election Offenses.
The COMELEC shall promulgate and furnish all political parties and
candidates and the mass media entities the rules and regulations
for the implementation of this Act, consistent with the criteria
established in Article IX-C, Section 4 of the Constitution and Section
86 of the Omnibus Election Code (Batas Pambansa Blg. 881).
and regulations promulgated by the COMELEC under and by authority
of this Section shall take effect on the seventh day after their
publication in at least two (2) daily newspapers of general circulation.
Prior to the effectivity of said rules and regulations, no political
advertisement or propaganda for or against any candidate or political
party shall be published or broadcast through mass media.
of this Act and the rules and regulations of the COMELEC issued
to implement this Act shall be an election offense punishable under
the first and second paragraphs of Section 264 of the Omnibus Election
Code (Batas Pambansa Blg. 881).
14. Repealing Clause.
Sections 67 and 85 of the Omnibus Election Code (Batas Pambansa
Blg. 881) and Sections 10 and 11 of Republic Act No. 6646 are hereby
repealed. As a consequence, the first provision the third paragraph
of Section 11 of Republic Act No. 8436 is rendered ineffective.
All laws, presidential decrees, executive orders, rules and regulations,
or any part thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act
are hereby repealed or modified or amended accordingly.
15. Separability Clause.
If any provision or part hereof is held invalid or unconstitutional,
the remainder of this Act not otherwise affected shall remain in
full force and effect.
This Act shall take effect immediately upon its approval.
12 February 2001.