Thursday, May 3, 2018


 LEGAZPI CITY (May 3) – A day before  the start of the 10-day campaign period for the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Commission on Elections (Comelec)–Bicol remind aspiring barangay and SK officials to comply with the rules set by Comelec.

In an exclusive interview with DZGB News Comelec-Bicol Regional Dir. Atty. Jane Valesa said that the rules on campaign ads and materials are contained in Comelec Resolution 10294, in line with Republic Act 9006 or the Fair  Elections Act.

The common rules states that candidates  can only spend P5 per registered voter in his or her barangay. Lawful election propaganda include:
·        Pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers, or other written/printed materials not exceeding 8 1/2 inches in width and 14 inches in length, or the size of a legal-sized bond paper; 
·        Handwritten or printed letters urging voters to vote for or against any candidate; Posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard, or any other material – whether framed or posted – with a size not exceeding 2 feet by 3 feet; 
·        Streamers for public meetings or rallies with a maximum size of 3 feet by 8 feet, which may be displayed 5 days before such meeting/rally and must be removed within 24 hours afterwards; 
·        Mobile units or vehicle motorcades of all types, with or without sound system, and with or without lights
·        Paid advertisements in print or broadcast media

All election propaganda, wether printed, broadcast or published must:

·        Identify the candidate whom the ad is for (with the words "Political advertisement paid for" followed by the candidate's name and address)
·        Identify the one who paid for these ads (with the words "Political advertisement paid by" followed by the payor's name and address)

These materials can only be posted in common poster areas authorized by the Comelec or in public places as defined by the poll body. It may also be placed in private properties, but with the consent of property owners.

Lawful election propaganda, except for banners and streamers, may also be displayed in the candidates' residences.

Comelec encourages candidates to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials. As such, the poll body requires candidates to indicate in their materials the phrase, "This material should be recycled."

Dir. Valesa appealed to the candidates and Bicolano electorates to go out and vote and have a peaceful and orderly elections on May 14, 2018. The voting start at 7:00AM-3:00PM. (Mar de la Cruz)


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