Use eco-friendly campaign materials, bets told

THE Commission on Elections urged candidates for the upcoming barangay elections to skip plastic posters and campaign paraphernalia materials containing hazardous chemicals and instead use environment-friendly and recyclable materials.

Baguio-Benguet provincial election supervisor Elenita Tabangin-Capuyan called on some 5,183 village candidates in the province and Baguio City to instead go for the most effective means of campaigning -- that is knocking on doors of residents -- and forego posters which contribute to the city’s waste problems.

Capuyan stressed they encourage candidates to also adhere to directives to place their posters in common posting areas or in residences where they are allowed by homeowners to place their paraphernalia.

“Nothing beats the house to house visits. Why should they spend on coming up with common posting areas when they can just knock at the door of their neighbors or ask their friends to campaign for them?” she stressed.

Each candidate during the campaign period from October 18 to October 26 is required to spend only P5 per registered voter.

Posters placed in common posting areas must not be more than two by three feet size while fliers must not exceed a legal-sized bond paper or 8X14 inches diameter.

Other prohibited acts during the campaigns is on removing, tampering, defacing and preventing the distribution of campaign materials during the campaign period.

She also reminded candidates and their supporters to strictly adhere to the Comelec gun ban which will last until November 12 as Baguio and Benguet law enforcers continue to conduct checkpoints.

A final provincial command conference with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will also be conducted prior to the elections.

She stressed the Comelec is serious in filing poll offense cases against village candidates who violate the Fair Elections Law.
Meanwhile, she also reminded village candidates that the Bureau of Internal Revenue is also requiring candidates to submit poll expenditure reports as well as statements of contributions from supporters.
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