Comelec urges use of common posting areas

CANDIDATES for the October 28 barangay elections are warned to observe proper posting of campaign materials citing the use of common posting areas.

The Commission on Election (Comelec) made the warning after they observed violations committed by the candidates all over Western Visayas including Negros Occidental.

Comelec regional director Dennis Ausan said they noticed posting of stickers and other campaign materials outside the common posting areas especially the public utility vehicles.

"To be clear about it, posting of campaign materials is banned in public utility vehicles even in trisikads and tricycles", Ausan said.

"We are calling the candidates concerned to follow the rules and regulations of. Comelec. It's just a matter of following the rules. If they violate, it could merit disqualification of candidates", Ausan added.

Jessie Suarez, provincial elections supervisor, for his part, warned candidates to follow election laws.

Suarez reminded government officers and elected officials that the barangay election is non-partisan and non-political. He also urged civic organizations and religious groups to help them monitor candidates who violate election laws.

A minimum of 10 common posting areas has been established in each barangay, where candidates could post their campaign materials, he said.

A total of 16,442 candidates filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for the barangay elections.

Records at the Comelec in the province showed that during the last day of filing of COC last Thursday, 74 candidates filed for barangay captains while 810 filed for barangay kagawads.

A total of 1,551 filed for barangay captains and 14,891 for kagawads in Negros Occidental's 662 barangays.

On the other hand, a total of 120 barangays have been classified as areas of concern by the military and the police.
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