Candidates told: Remove campaign ads from prohibited areas
Posted February 14, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:30:00 02/12/2010
Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned national candidates Friday to take out until Tuesday their campaign materials posted in prohibited areas or face charges of Fair Elections Act violations.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez roamed around Metro Manila Friday afternoon and inspected if the campaign materials of candidates are complying with the prescribed poster sizes and if they are posted in common poster areas designated by the poll body.
Jimenez said candidates should comply with the provisions of Comelec Resolution 8758, which states the guidelines for political advertisements, and will take effect Saturday.
Under the guidelines, campaign posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard or any material, whether framed or posted, should measure only up to two feet by three feet. Streamers to be used during campaign sorties should not exceed three feet by eight feet in size and must be removed the next day after the campaign activity.
Posters should only be found in common poster areas designated by the Comelec, he said, adding postings in private areas are allowed if they have consent of the owner.
“We would check again Wednesday next week if they started following these guidelines. If not, Comelec is directed to remove their posters in unauthorized poster areas such as walkways, sidewalks or electric posts and they could face election offense charges in violation of fair election act,” Jimenez said.
“By having their campaign ads on election posts they also pose security risk to residents,” he added.
Even before the start of the official campaign period on February 9, campaign posters bearing the names and faces of candidates have been found in unauthorized poster areas.