Comelec in Ormoc City observes violations on campaign materials

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TACLOBAN CITY, April 8 (PNA) -- The Commission on Election (Comelec) in Ormoc City has noticed several violations of local and national candidates in posting their campaign materials.

Attorney Rosemarie Ann Polistico, newly installed Comelec officer of Ormoc City, said that since she assumed office this week, she had noticed several violations on campaign materials particularly on size limitations of posters and tarpaulins.

Instead of two feet by three feet (2X3ft) poster per candidate, Polistico said some candidates are using billboard-size campaign materials.

She said they have already notified candidates and their supporters who were given three days to comply or take down their illegal campaign materials, including those posted outside common poster areas.

If they fail to comply, she said the composite team created by the Comelec that includes the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), would tear down these campaign materials.

Polistico added that once the composite team gets hold of the illegal campaign materials, they could use it as evidence against the candidate for election violation.

“We give due process to the candidates before we take their oversize and illegally installed campaign materials, that is why we give them three days to comply, but if after three days that they did not conform with our request we have no choice but to implement the law, which the Commission on Election is very firm to implement,” Polistico said.

She said monitoring teams who are members of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) are helping monitor the candidates' activities in every barangay and will report to them possible violations.

“If we really want for the full implementation of the Fair Election Act, we need people help to monitor candidate’s activities because we are experiencing manpower problem and we need to take care of so many things with regards to this forthcoming election,” Polistico said. (R T Amazona/LOR/Media Ng Bayan)

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