Comelec: Register blogs, social media pages of candidates, political parties

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) — Days before the start of the official campaign period for national posts begin, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminds candidates to register their online pages.

Comelec Resolution 10488, released on January 30, said, "Each registered political party and candidate shall register with the Education and Information Department of the Comelec, the website name and web address of the official blog and/or social media page of such political party and candidate."

It went on to say other blogs or sites whose primary purpose is to promote the candidates or parties — even when they are not directly maintained or administered by the candidates or their official campaign representatives — will be counted as additional pages.

The poll body, likewise, said all election propaganda shall be allowed for bona fide candidates seeking posts in the elections, but these shall be subject to "the limitation on authorized expenses of candidates and parties, observation of truth in advertising, and to the supervision and regulation by the Comelec.

Just last week, the Comelec reminded candidates to take down campaign tarps and posters by February 12 — the official start of the campaign period for senators and party-list representatives.

Meanwhile, the start of the campaign period for members of the House of Representatives, and local officials will start on March 29.

The end of the campaign period will be on May 11.

Reminders for candidates

The Comelec issued other reminders ahead of the elections.

Posters and tarps should not exceed 2 feet by 3 feet in size and must only be put up in common poster areas.

Senatorial candidates are only allowed up to 120 minutes of airtime per television station, and up to 180 minutes per radio station.

Candidates for local posts are allowed 60 to 90 minutes per station.

Candidates running under a party may spend ₱3 for every voter currently registered in the constituency where they filed their certificate of candidacy, while candidates without a political party and without the support of a party may spend ₱5 for each voter.

Political parties and party-list groups can also spend ₱5 for every voter registered in the places where they have official candidates.

Meanwhile, the Comelec said it is prohibited to publish on print or broadcast via radio or TV propaganda or advertisements against a candidate or group of candidates "unless they bear and be identified by the reasonable legible, or audible words 'political advertisement paid for,' followed by the true and correct name and address of the party's candidate, who benefits from the printed or aired election propaganda.

A similar restriction was set for the publishing, printing and distribution of such materials.

Read the complete resolution here.