Comelec urges candidates to follow campaign rules

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) asked candidates in the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay polls to follow rules as the campaign period started Friday.

"Kung mag-po-post sila ng kanilang [If they are going to post their] campaign materials, they can only do so in common poster areas. They cannot post in any place they feel like doing it," Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez told CNN Philippines' New Day.

In a resolution released on April 11, Comelec prohibits posting campaign materials on the following:

  • Trees
  • Light posts
  • Electrical wires
  • Schools
  • Waiting sheds
  • Sidewalks
  • Traffic signs
  • Bridges
  • Barangay Halls
  • Health centers
  • Public shrines
  • Public transport terminals
  • Airports
  • Seaports
  • Government patrol cars, ambulances
  • Trains and their stations
  • Overpasses and underpasses
  • Center islands
  • Public announcement boards

"We are enjoining all candidates to please comply with the rules because to violate them would be an election offense, which carries the penalty of disqualification," Jimenez said.

Under the rules, a candidate found guilty of the election offense may be sentenced from 1 to 6 years of jail time without prohibition, disqualification from holding public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.

Jimenez said the posters should measure 2 feet by 3 feet. The printer of the posters may also be "criminally accountable" for the election offense.

Comelec reminded candidates to review the rules on campaign ads and materials contained in Comelec Resolution Number 10294, in line with Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act.