Aspirants violate anew barangay election rules-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City has observed violations committed by barangay poll aspirants, particularly on common poster areas.
Election officer lawyer Aimee Ampoloquio, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said that despite the reminders, aspirants appeared to have been violating the common poster areas and the anti-Epal campaign scheme.
"Napansin na pud nako nga daghan na pud ang nag-violate sa common poster areas. Naa na man mi gi-post nga guidelines kung asa ang pwede ug asa dili pwede pero naa ra gyud gihapon mag-violate, (I have noticed that there are many who have violated the common poster areas. We have already posted guidelines on where to post and where not to post yet there are still violators.)" Ampoloquio said.
She said that based on Section 18 of the Comelec Resolution No. 9615, no poster may be mounted on trees, public structures, public roads, plazas, and parks.
She said she has already designated common poster areas near the vicinity of barangay halls, but not necessarily within the area of the said public structure.
"I am also aware of the Anti-Epal Campaign. That is why I am reminding the incumbent candidates that they should not use the funds of the barangay or implement projects to try to persuade his or her constituents," Ampoloquio said.
The election officer said the projects of any barangay official should have already been suspended last Friday as Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code mandates that no projects may be implemented 10 days before the elections.
Ampoloquio also said that each candidate has a budget of P5 per registered voter in his or her area and those who would go beyond the limit may face administrative case and may be banned from holding public office.
She also called for the public to take notice of these violations and submit any evidence to their office as they will be handling the filing of charges.
A total of 5,023 candidates have filed their Certificate of Candidacy within the filing date that concluded Thursday.
The official list of candidates is set to be released on Monday.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 20, 2013.