What is at stake in this election?


The 2019 Philippine general election will be conducted on May 13, 2019. It shall be a midterm election, where the winners will take office on June 30, 2019, midway the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The following positions are expected to be at stake:

  • 2 seats in the Senate of the Philippines
  • All seats in the House of Representatives ofthe Philippines
  • All regional elected positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
  • If the electorate approves the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, the regional election for the ARMM won’t be done on this day
  • All provincial-level elected positions in the provinces of the Philippines
  • All city-level elected positions in the cities of the Philippines
  • All municipal-level elected positions in the municipalities of the Philippines

Under the Local Government Code and the 1987 constitution, all terms start on June 30, 2019, and end on June 30, 2022, except for elected senators, whose terms shall end on June 30, 2025. The Commission on Elections will administer the election.

Date of the election

The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines states that unless otherwise provided by law, the election of members of Congress is on every second Monday of May.[1] According to Republic Act No. 7166, election for national, provincial, city and municipal elections are on the second Monday of May, since 1992, and every three years thereafter, with the president and vice president being elected in sixyear intervals.[2] It has been three years since the last general election of 2016, and with no law canceling the election, this means that the election shall be held on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Automated Election System

The EMS compiles the number and profile of registered voters, their geographic locations and polling precinct information, and these will be used in designing the official ballots.