Candidates told: Secure permit before rally

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Bacolod City reminded the candidates to secure a permit from the City Mayor's Office if they will hold a political rally, as the campaign period for local candidates starts Friday, March 29.

"If they will hold a rally, they should secure a permit from the City Mayor's Office and they have to inform our office also because that will also be counted for their expenditure," acting Bacolod election registrar Ann Janette Lamban said Thursday, March 28.

She said one of the political groups has already submitted a notice to the Comelec office to hold a political rally. The elections will be on May 13.

The local candidates were also reminded to post campaign materials only on common poster areas in various barangays in the city.

"They should use the identified common poster areas to avoid violations. Candidates must also observe the required sizes of their campaign materials, it should not exceed the two-by-three-feet size," Lamban said.

Comelec earlier identified at least 92 common poster areas in 61 barangays of the city for the May 13 elections.

Most of the identified common poster areas are vacant lots on the highway, covered court, gymnasium and areas near the barangay hall.

Lamban said the "Oplan Baklas" team will be deployed Friday, March 29, to remove the illegal tarpaulins in various areas.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Grupo Progreso will hold a motorcade and a mass Friday to signify the start of the campaign season.

He also said that on Saturday, March 30, the group will also stage an opening salvo.


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