The Supreme Court, during its En Banc deliberations on May 5, 2022, approved the Interim Amendments to The 2010 Rules of Procedure for Municipal Election Contests, which updates and consolidates the existing rules on election contests pending before the lower courts.
The 2022 Interim Amendments to the 2010 Rules of Procedure for Municipal Election Contests (A.M. No. 1-4-1-SC), which shall apply to all municipal election contests in connection with the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections and subsequent elections,provides for a more efficient, expeditious, and just resolution of election cases involving municipal officials.
The 2022 Interim Amendments includes the incorporation of some of the provisions of the 2019 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure in the service and filing of pleadings, the judicial affidavit rule, and the use of the available electronic payment system in the payment of filing fees and other deposits.
Moreover, the 2022 Interim Amendments provides for an initial recount of ballots of the pilot clustered protested precincts which shall not be less than and nearest to twenty percent (20%) of the total number of protested precincts that will best illustrate the merits of the protest. The initial recount is intended to determine if there is a substantial recovery wherein the protestant is able to recover at least twenty percent (20%) of the overall vote lead of the protestee. Based on the said determination, the court may dismiss the protest, without further proceedings, if no substantial recovery could be established.
The 2022 Interim Amendments was published on the May 8, 2022 issues of the Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star.
Read its full text at https://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/26759/