Comelec to bets: File expense report-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged both winning and losing candidates to truthfully declare their poll expenses and remit the necessary taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Acting Baguio Election Officer Anita Navalta urged candidates in Monday's polls to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenses stressing law abiding citizens are cognizant of existing provisions of the Omnibus Election Code and the Fair Elections Law.
Navalta said the filing of the SOCE is often forgotten by many winning candidates but mostly losing candidates no longer report contributions and expenses incurred during the campaign.
The Comelec official warned they will not hesitate to file cases against officials who fail to declare their poll expenses as well as those who fail to disclose the contributions received and expenses incurred during the campaign period.
A barangay candidate is only allowed a maximum expense of P5 per registered voter, she reminded.
Baguio-Benguet provincial election supervisor Elenita Tabangin-Capuyan said after the elections they will starting reviewing various campaign protests and violation reports against candidates in the village polls which include vote buying and vote selling.
"If these are very serious election offenses we will accept verified complaints and full reports from concerned citizens on these violations," she said.
The Comelec, meanwhile, urged candidates to remove all campaign materials such as posters placed in common poster areas to maintain cleanliness after elections.
She said as newly elected barangay officials and good citizens, it is the obligation of candidates to remove their posters after the campaigns and election is done.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 30, 2013.