Comelec exec warns violators of rules on campaign materials

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Thursday, April 11, 2013


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned candidates who violate campaign regulations that they may be disqualified from the May 13 election.

Comelec 7 Director Temie Lambino said candidates who violate size and placement requirements for campaign materials will have three days to act on notices of violation from the poll body.

“They (candidates) should be the one to remove their posters once they are reprimanded by the Comelec,” he said.

“If hindi nila inalis yun and they let the Comelec take those down, disqualification case na agad ang haharap sa kanila (If they wait for Comelec to remove the posters, they will face disqualification cases),” he said.

Getting elected will not exonerate the candidates, he said.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) asked towns and cities to support the campaign for a garbage-free election.

The PB adopted a resolution supporting the Basura-Free Election 2013 drive of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Comelec and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Cases

Lambino said the Comelec will start filing disqualification cases next week against candidates who refuse to comply with election regulations.

Comelec Resolution 9615 requires that campaign posters should not exceed two feet by three feet in size. Political parties are allowed to put up one billboard not exceeding 12 feet by 16 feet or 192 square feet in size.

Pamphlets should not exceed 8.5 inches by 14 inches or that of a legal sized bond paper. Posters placed at the residences of candidates should also meet the size requirements.

Comelec prohibits the mounting or nailing of campaign posters on trees, and in schools, shrines, barangay halls and health centers.

Public areas

Campaign materials are also not allowed in public transport terminals, waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signs or signboards on public property, pedestrian overpasses, flyovers, bridges, main thoroughfares and center islands of roads and highways.

Lambino said election officers have been directed to submit a weekly report on candidates issued violation notices in their areas.

He commended candidates who have removed errant campaign materials.

He asked the police to help Comelec implement Comelec rules and regulations.

The PB urged candidates to be mindful of the environment when distributing and mounting campaign materials, and during sorties.

It said candidates should minimize wastes, segregate and ensure the proper disposal of garbage in the campaign trail.

The Mandaue City Government, led by Mayor Jonas Cortes, earlier removed campaign posters that were mounted outside of designated areas.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, on the other hand, directed City Hall personnel to take down her campaign posters that were placed outside of areas allowed by the Comelec.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 11, 2013.

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