Comelec: Report campaign violations

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


WITH the start of the 45-day campaign period for local officials Saturday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is calling for the public to be vigilant in reporting campaign violations.

Comelec Assistant Regional Director Reddy Balarbar said that with their limited resources, they have to ask the public to report violations committed by local candidates vying for various positions from congressman, mayor, vice mayor to councilors in the local polls.

He assured Comelec will not leave any complaints unattended.

“We will be strict only as far as we can in enforcing election rules. There should be no reason for the candidates not be aware of campaign rules as we informed them of all these,” he said.

Prior to the start of the campaign period, Balarbar said he has given away information materials in the form of compact discs containing election resolutions on sizes of posters, rules on campaigning, disclosure of campaign finances, general instructions on board of election inspectors and canvassing  of votes to some 69 candidates in Baguio.

Comelec only allows posters of local candidates measuring 2x3 feet in common poster areas allowed by the local election officer in selected public places such markets and barangay centers where posters may be readily seen or read with the heaviest pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the city.

Balarbar said campaign materials placed in public structures such as buildings and halls that are not designated as common posting areas will be removed.

He also stressed government vehicles should also not be used in campaigns in villages and in local sorties of incumbent officials.

“If these politicians violate these minor offenses, how much more will they commit once they are elected in public office?” he said.

The Comelec official said they will pursue cases against politicians committing election offenses even for minor violations such as campaign posters sizes.

Section 25 of Comelec Resolution 9615 states that "All prohibited forms of election propaganda shall be immediately removed before the start of the campaign period" and non-removal of these illegal materials constitutes an election offense.

Considered by the poll body as prohibited forms of propaganda materials are names, images, logos, brands, insignias, initials, and "other forms of identifiable graphical representations placed by incumbent officials on any public structures or places." (JM Agreda/Sunnex)

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Learn more about these campaign violations at specials.sunstar.com.ph/philippinepolls

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 02, 2013.

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