The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is reminding candidates in the upcoming local elections to comply with the rules and regulations implemented by the agency during the campaign period, which started on May 04.
Dir. James Jimenez, spokesperson of the COMELEC, said that they have repeatedly reminded individuals running for positions in the village and the youth council to study Republic Act 9006, also known as the Fair Elections Act.
“Over the past few days pinapaalala naman natin sa kanila na kailangan nilang basahin yung batas, yung Republic Act 9006, the Fair Elections Act, at samahan na rin nila ang rules and regulations na iimplement ng COMELEC,” Jimenez said during DZRH’s Breaktime.
According to Jimenez, common violations are regarding the placing of campaign materials outside the common poster areas, and warned that they will remove promotional materials found outside the designated places.
“Dati pwede iyan kasi hindi naman campaign period,” Jimenez explained. “Naghahanda rin ang COMELEC para masiguro natin na kapag may nakita tayong materials na nakakabit pa rin ay tayo na ang magbabaklas.”
The election official also asked candidates of the elections on May 14 to follow the maximum size for campaign posters and tarpaulins, which is 2 ft. by 3 ft.
“Parang size ng kalendaryo iyan.” Jimenez added. “Kadalasan nakikita natin mga tarp nila ay pang-billboard.”
In line with this, COMELEC appeals for the public to file incident reports on campaign materials that fail to comply with guidelines of the election commission.
“Pwede nilang isumbong sa COMELEC iyan at i-veverify natin yung report. Hangga’t maari kung pwede natin samahan ng litrato yung ating incident report para mas mabilis natin aksyonan.” Jimenez insisted.
“Ang mahalaga lang ay yung mga kandidato ay sumusunod sa patakaran kasi gusto natin maging maayos at malinis ang ating halalan at kasama diyan yung pagsisiguro ang kampanya ay patas yung laro.” Jimenez further explained.