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As the May 2013 election draws near, more and more campaign violations can be observed along the streetwalk and other campaign venues.
Here are the set violations by our Commission on Elections:
Campaigning on Maundy Thursday, March 28
Campaigning on Good Friday, March 29
Campaigning on the eve of Election Day, May 12
Campaigning on Election Day, May 13
A foreigner, or foreign entity, aiding a candidate directly or indirectly, or spending for a candidate’s campaign
Prohibited Campaign Propaganda
- Printed materials such as leaflets, exceeding eight and one-half inches (8 ˝”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in length
- Posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard or any other material, whether framed or posted, with an area exceeding two feet (2’) by three feet (3’)
- Streamers exceeding three feet (3’) by eight feet (8’) in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally.
- Said streamers displayed more than five (5) days before the date of the meeting or rally or NOT removed within twenty-four (24) hours after said meeting or rally
- Use of hazardous materials in campaign materials; use of plastics in jurisdictions where plastics are banned
-Absence of this information on printed propaganda material: “political advertisement paid for,” followed by the true and correct name and address of the candidate or party for whose benefit the election propaganda was printed or aired; and “political advertisements paid by,” followed by the true and correct name and address of the payor
- To print, publish, broadcast or exhibit any such election propaganda donated or given free of charge by any person or publishing firm or broadcast entity to a candidate or party without the written acceptance by the said candidate or party and unless they bear and be identified by the words “printed free of charge,” or “airtime for this broadcast was provided free of charge by”, respectively, followed by the true and correct name and address of the said publishing firm or broadcast entity
-To show, display or exhibit publicly in a theater, television station, or any public forum any movie, cinematography or documentary portraying the life or biography of a candidate, or in which a character is portrayed by an actor or media personality who is himself a candidate
-To post, display or exhibit any election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner thereof.
NB: “Public places” include any of the following:
-Electronic announcement boards, such as LED display boards located along highways and streets, LCD TV displays posted on walls of public buildings, and other similar devices which are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, or any agency or instrumentality of the Government;
-Motor vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances, and other similar purposes that are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, particularly those bearing red license plates;
-Waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signages and other signboards erected on public property, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers and underpasses, bridges, main thoroughfares, center islands of roads and highways;
-Schools, shrines, barangay halls, health centers, public structures and buildings or any edifice thereof;
Public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, trains, taxi cabs, ferries, pedicabs and tricycles, whether motorized or not;
Within the premises of public transport terminals, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, docks, piers, train stations, and the like.
So what will you do if you see these violations? Report it. COMELEC has a program called ISUMBONG MO which is open to valid reported violations. All submitted reports to COMELEC are treated as CONFIDENTIAL unless the one reporting requests otherwise.
You can call in your valid and detailed report through the COMELEC Cebu hotline: 4169773. Manila hotline numbers are 5275574; 5259345; 5259302
For those more "techie", the COMELEC earlier called on the public to report violations on campaign rules by tweeting the poll body @comelec and using the hashtag #sumbongko. Don't forget to give out your email address and just wait for COMELEC's Direct Message (DM) where they will reply to your report or they can ask further queries regarding your report.
You can also leave a comment or PCOSdemo fanpage. The same thing, you need to give out your email address and other contact information.
Visit www.mycomelec.tv for more information.
Or-- you can also leave a valid comment below so we at iSTORYA.NET can also help out in reporting such violations.
So, what are you waiting for? Be vigilant and let us help each other in having a smooth-flowing campaign period and a successful election day this May!
And to all registered voters, do not forget to vote!
“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.” - Richelle Goodrich
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