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COMELEC clarifies Common Poster Area rule

COMELEC clarifies Common Poster Area rule

Date: 15 February 2013


The Commission on Elections today reminded candidates of a provision on COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 which laid down the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9006 of the Fair Elections Act that “Parties and independent candidates may, upon authority of the Commission, through the City or Municipal Election Officer (EO) concerned, erect, AT THEIR EXPENSE, common poster areas wherein they can post, display, or exhibit their election propaganda to announce or further their candidacy.”

 

Poll body Spokesman James Jimenez referred to Section 18 of COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 which stated that, “common poster areas shall be allowed by the Election Officer only in selected public places such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like where posters may be readily seen or read, with the heaviest pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic in the City or Municipality.”

 

“The COMELEC Resolution is very clear. Candidates may be allowed to put up their posters in designated Common Poster Areas (CPAs), but at their own expense. Sila ang gagastos para sa istruktura para makabit nila ang kanilang mga poster,” said Jimenez.

 

“We cannot just allow candidates to post their campaign materials on electric posts, trees and other public structures. That is why we are allowing them to set up temporary structures in designated Common Poster Areas for the exclusive purpose of displaying their campaign materials,” he added.

 

According to COMELEC Resolution No. 9615, parties and candidates may put up Common Poster Areas in every Barangay. “One (1) Common Poster Area is allowed in a Barangay with 5,000 registered voters or less. An additional CPA will be allowed for every increment of 5,000 voters,” said Jimenez.

 

Meanwhile, CPAs for political parties and partylist groups should not exceed the following dimensions, twelve (12) by sixteen (16) feet, or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of 192 square feet.

For independent candidates, four (4) by six (6) feet or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of twenty four (24) square feet.

 

COMELEC to go after erring Election Officers too

Jimenez, meanwhile, made assurances that the poll body will also call the attention of COMELEC Field Officials who fail to inform candidates and voters as to the location of designated Common Poster Areas.

 

“While the list of CPAs are posted outside local COMELEC Offices, Election Officers should also make an effort to ensure that the designated CPAs are known to the candidates and the public. Failure to do so shall make him liable for gross neglect of duty,” he said.  ###

 

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Pols told: Remove Prematurely Placed Election Propaganda Before the Start of Campaign Period

Pols told: Remove Prematurely Placed Election Propaganda Before the Start of Campaign Period

Date: 21 January 2013


Remove or else.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today told all candidates vying for Senatorial and Partylist seats in the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections to remove all prohibited election propaganda before the start of the campaign period.

 

The start of the campaign period for candidates for national positions will be on February 12, 2013. In the case of local candidates, the campaign period starts March 29, 2013.

COMELEC Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. cited Sec. 25 of COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 which provided the rules and regulations implementing Republic Act No. 9006 or the Fair Election Act in connection with the May 13, 2013 elections.

 

According to the aforementioned COMELEC Resolution: “All prohibited forms of election propaganda as described in Section 7 of these Rules shall be immediately removed, or caused to be removed, by said candidate or party before the start of the campaign period; otherwise, the said candidate or party shall be presumed to have committed the pertinent election offense during said campaign period for national candidates or for local candidates as the case may be.”

 

The prohibited forms of propaganda, the Resolution stated, include any names, images, logos, brands, insignias, color motifs, initials, and other forms of identifiable graphical representations placed by incumbent officials on any public structures or places.

 

COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 also stipulates that it is unlawful for candidates to post, display or exhibit election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places or in private properties without the consent of the owner.

 

Also prohibited are election propaganda posted in government vehicles, public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, trains, taxi cabs, ferries, pedicabs and tricycles, whether motorized or not and within the premises of public terminals such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, docks, piers, train stations and the like.

 

“We are issuing this call to all candidates: Please remove all prohibited forms of election propaganda before the start of the campaign period. Failure to comply constitutes an election offense punishable by one to six years imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage,” Brillantes said.

The COMELEC Chairman also reminded candidates to comply with the rules and regulations on the allowable airtime that a candidate may use for their broadcast advertisements or election propaganda.

“This will be strictly monitored through our Campaign Finance Unit,” he said.

 

 

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