Violations noted on 1st day of campaign period

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As the campaign period for local candidates in Pampanga officially started, various violations had been noted in different public places. 

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier reminded candidates to observe the rules on poster size to not exceed 2 feet by 3 feet.

However, life-sized posters, with some even bigger, were placed by supporters of these candidates in town plazas, public markets, barangay halls and other public plazas.
Most of these posters were installed long before the campaign period wherein by virtue of existing laws governing the conduct of the 2013 midterm elections, individuals who filed certificate of candidacies are not yet considered candidates until the start of the campaign period. 

The poll body earlier told them to remove illegal postings before the start of their campaign period but remain posted. 

“They should start removing them because on Saturday we will surely notice all those that are illegally placed,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in a previous media interview. 

Under Resolution 9616, the Comelec will “issue notices to remove campaign materials to candidates and/or parties whose campaign materials are posted in public places or places not authorized as common poster areas.”
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