Campaign period ends Saturday

THE campaign period for both local and national candidates ends at 11:59 p.m. of May 11 based on the guidelines set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) pursuance to Resolutions 9385 and 9165.

Under the calendar of activities, local candidates have started their campaign last March 29, while national candidates kicked off their campaign last February 12.

Comelec-Davao Director Wilfredo Jay Balisado, in a recent interview, said they have been constantly reminding the candidates to adhere to the policies implemented by Comelec.

"During their filing of candidacy, they were made aware of the different Comelec resolutions that they should follow to make sure that they will not be disqualified or be penalized. So we are reminding them again to follow the guidelines so that we don't have to go through filing cases and penalties," Balisado said.

Balisado cited some violations committed by candidates after the end of the campaign period.

"Some candidates would pay people to play their campaign jingles during the election day while some kids are even used by candidates as they are paid to distribute campaign leaflets," Balisado said.

The election officer also said some campaign staff of certain candidates usually distribute goods to voters on election day, as usually happened in the past elections.

He encouraged poll watchdogs and the public alike to be wary of these candidates by reporting them to authorities stationed near the polling centers.

Violators may be fined or disqualified depending on the gravity of the offense.
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