MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned local candidates for the upcoming midterm elections to take down their illegal posters with the campaign period to start on Friday.
Comelec director for education and information division James Jimenez said local candidates have until today their campaign posters because these are either oversized or outside the common poster areas.
“They have (until Thursday) to remove these because when the campaign period for local candidates starts on Friday, these will be considered illegal,” Jimenez said in an interview.
He added: “As a policy, we will be sending a notice to candidates about their violation and they will be given three days to remove their unlawful campaign propaganda. Failure to comply will result in the filing of election offense cases against them.”
According to Jimenez, among the prohibited forms of election propaganda were those that are posted outside the common poster areas, in public places or private properties without the consent of the owners.
“We will be documenting campaign posters violations of candidates and we will use it in filing of complaints for election offense,” Jimenez said.
The campaign period for the senatorial position and party-list representatives has started last February while the local candidates can start their campaign trail on Friday. The last day of campaign will be on May 11./PN