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No violation in campaign posters – Comelec

THE ubiquitous campaign posters of candidates seeking national and local elective positions plastered across the city do not violate existing laws, lawyer Gay Enumerables, assistant regional director of the Commission on Elections, said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, yesterday morning.

Citing Comelec Resolution No. 10730, Section 9 (Paragraph C), Enumerables said that campaign posters should not exceed two by three feet in public places where political candidates can post, display or exhibit election propaganda. Public places include markets, plazas and barangay centers. Section 9 of RA 9006, also provides that: “independent candidates with no political parties may likewise be authorized to erect common poster areas in not more than ten public places.”

For private spaces “candidates may post any lawful propaganda material in private places with the consent of the owner thereof, and in public places or property which shall be allocated equitably and impartially among the candidates.”

The local campaign will start on March 25.

Atty. Enumerables also said they have conducted training in preparation for the elections in May this year. They have finished training the tech support team in the region and are currently conducting training for the electoral board in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Department of Science and Technology to ensure the success of the 2022 National and Local elections. 

A memorandum of agreement was signed on January 25, 2022 by the three agencies that defined their functions: DepEd will take charge in selecting teachers who will serve as members of the electoral board; DOST will be in charge of the “upskilling” activities and certification under the Automated Election Law.

On May 9, 2022, the electorate will be voting for the President and Vice President, 12 seats in the Senate, 316 seats in the House of Congress including Partylist Representatives, and  provincial governors, mayors and councilors across the country.

 

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