The Commission on Elections (Filipino: Komisyon sa Halalan), abbreviated as COMELEC, is one of the three constitutional commissions of the Philippines. Its principal role is to enforce all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of elections in the Philippines.
The COMELEC is the principal government agency tasked by the Constitution to enforce and administer all laws and regulations concerning the conduct of regular and special elections. It is a body that is designed to be constitutionally independent from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to ensure the conduct of free, fair and honest elections.
Interestingly, COMELEC has vacancies available until August 10, 2022.
Eleven (11) Election Assistant II (SG9/Php 20,402)
- Item No.:
- OEO Magsaysay, Palawan,
- OEO Ferrol, Romblon,
- OEO Buenavista, Marinduque,
- OEO Mogpog, Marinduque,
- OEO Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
- OPES, Occidental Mindoro
- OEO Corcuera, Romblon
- OEO Sta. Cruz, Marinduque
- OPES Marinduque
- OEO Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro
- OEO Naujan, Oriental Mindoro
- Education: Bachelors Degree
- Experience: No experience required
- Training: No training required
- Eligibility Career Service Subprofessional/appropriate 1st level eligibility
Two (2) Election Officer II (SG15/Php 35,097)
- Item No.:
- OEO Concepcion, Romblon
- OEO Dumaran, Palawan
- Education: Bachelors degree relevant to the job
- Experience: One (1) year of relevant experience
- Training: Four (4) hours of relevant training
- Eligibility: Career Service Professional/Second Level Eligibility
Five (5) Election Officer III (SG18/Php 45,203)
- Item No.:
- OEO Taytay, Palawan
- OEO Narra, Palawan
- OEO Romblon, Romblon
- OEO Boac, Marinduque
- OEO Mamburao, Oriental Mindoro
- Education: Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job
- Experience: Two (2) years of relevant experience
- Training: Eight (8) hours of relevant training
- Eligibility: Career Service Professional or appropriate second level eligibility
The Commission on Elections is inviting all interested and qualified applicants including Persons with Disability (PWD), members of Indigenous Communities, and those from any Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI), regardless of age, civil status, religion and/or political affiliations to submit their applications to the vacant positions.
Interested and qualified applicants must submit the following documents for their applications to be processed and considered:
- Application Letter;
- Should indicate the position applying for, item number, and the name of the department/office where the vacancy exists
- Should be addressed to:
- Personnel Department, Commission on Elections
- 4th Floor Shipping Centre Building
- A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila, 1002
- Updated and properly accomplished Personal Data Sheet (CSC Form 212, revised 2017), with Work Experience Sheet (attachment to CS Form 212) – please refer to this guide for instructions on how to fill up the Personal Data Sheet;
- Resumes are not allowed
- Transcript of Records (Scanned or image copy);
- Diploma and/or Certificate Of Graduation (Scanned or image copy);
- Certificate of Eligibility (Civil Service Eligibility, Membership in the Philippine Bar, PRC Board Rating/License – whichever is applicable to your circumstance) (Scanned or image copy);
- Certificate of Employment with actual duties and responsibilities from current or previous employers (if applicable) (Scanned or image copy);
- Certificate/s of Training/Seminars attended (Scanned or image copy);
- Performance Rating (IPCR) for the last rating period (if applicable) (Scanned or image copy);
- Valid (not expired) NBI Clearance (Scanned or image copy); and
- Ombudsman Clearance (Scanned or image copy)
- with official receipt
- -required only for those who are applying for positions with salary grade level (SG) of 11 and above
- (Original documents of items 3 to 10 should be on hand and ready for presentation upon request.)
Further, please be guided of the following:
- Please refer to the List of Vacancies for the required information (position, item number, department/office) that must be specified in the Application Letter.
- Submissions that failed to comply with the aforementioned format and incomplete documents and/or information (such as the details of the position applying for – Position, Item No., Division, Department/Office) shall be automatically not considered.
- Applications received beyond the deadline shall not be acted upon.
- Only the shortlisted applicants who meet the minimum requirements as stated in the qualification standards (QS) will be contacted.
- Submission of the required documents and/or information shall serve as the applicant’s consent for the Personnel Department to collect, record, organize, update, use, and consolidate their personal information in processing their application for appointment relative to Republic Act (RA) No. 10173 (Data Privacy Act of 2012).
Submission of Applications
- The Personnel Department processes the applications for the following positions/offices:
- All Main Office vacancies
- Provincial Election Supervisors
- Assistant Regional Election Directors
- Regional Election Directors
- Applicants may send their applications to the aforementioned address or electronic mail (email) through email@example.com in Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Refrain from sending media files, such as .jpeg/.mpegs, etc. or compressed files, such as .zip/.rar, etc.
- For efficient processing of voluminous applications received by this office, we require those who will be submitting through email that the email subject format should be: “Application for (Position Title), (Item Number), (Division, Department/Office)” (e.g., Application for Administrative Aide VI, ADA6-52-2005, Personnel Division, Personnel Department). Otherwise, the application will not be entertained.
- The Offices of the Regional Election Directors (OREDs) process the applications for the following positions in the field offices:
- Election Officers
- Election Assistants
- Attorney III stationed in the Offices of the Regional Election Director
- Computer Maintenance Technologist I
- Applications for the said positions in the field offices should be submitted directly to the Office of Regional Election Director with jurisdiction over the field office where the vacancy exists. Please refer to the COMELEC Directory for Regional Offices for details regarding their email addresses
For any queries regarding applications and vacancies
For inquiries about the published vacancies or questions regarding the application process, you may reach the Personnel Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR you may call the Personnel Department at telephone number (+632) 527-3926.
The Personnel Department will only contact shortlisted candidates. Shortlisted candidates are those who have submitted complete supporting documents and have been evaluated to possess the minimum qualification standards required for the vacant position.
History of COMELEC
The Commission on Elections was created by a 1940 amendment to the 1935 Constitution. Its membership was enlarged and its powers expanded by the 1973 and 1987 Constitutions. The Commission exercises not only administrative, but judicial and quasi-judicial powers.
The Executive Bureau
Before the creation of the Commission, supervision over the conduct of elections was vested in the Executive Bureau, an office under the Department of Interior and later directly vested in the Department itself when the Executive Bureau was abolished.
There was, however, general dissatisfaction over the manner in which elections were conducted under the supervision of the Secretary of the Interior. There was growing suspicion that Secretaries of the Interior administered election laws not for the purpose of securing honest and free elections, but to serve the political interest of the party in power to which they belonged. They were never entirely free from suspicion of acting with partisan bias.
The close official relationship between the president and the Secretary of the Interior bred suspicion that elections served the incumbent Secretary's political interest. The Secretary of the Interior was directly responsible to the President and his tenure of office was dependent not only on the pleasure of the President, but also upon the President's own continuance in office. This set-up only induced increasing distrust in the verdict at the polls.
The situation impelled the National Assembly to propose the creation by constitutional amendment of a Commission on Elections composed of a Chairman and two members to take over the functions of the Secretary of the Interior relative to elections.
By constitutional amendment ratified by the Filipino people in a plebiscite held on June 17, 1940, all functions heretofore exercised by the Secretary of the Interior relative to the conduct of elections were transferred to the Commission. However, as the amendment could not be made effective in time for the 1940 elections, the National Assembly through Commonwealth Act No. 607 created a statutory Commission on Elections, giving thereto the same powers which the Commission would have under the Constitution. The act became effective upon its approval on August 22, 1940. The Commission immediately functioned on September 14, 1940, and supervised the December 10, 1940 elections.
The constitutional amendment creating the Commission was finally approved on December 2, 1940. On June 21, 1941, the Commonwealth Act No. 657 was enacted reorganizing the Commission as a constitutional body. The members of the statutory Commission continued as member of the constitutional Commission. The subordinate personnel, records, documents, and property together with its unexpected balance in the appropriation were likewise transferred to the newly-organized Commission.
The Chairman and Members of the Commission had a term of nine years each - a member being replaced every three years- except those first appointed who were given nine, six and three-years terms, respectively.
The 1973 Constitution enlarged the membership of the Commission from three to nine but reduced their term of office from nine to seven years.