Poll officer bares ‘prohibited acts’ during campaign period

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The provincial election officer explained Wednesday the various forms of election propaganda that are prohibited come election period.

Lawyer Lydia Pangilinan said any candidate who would violate any of the prohibited acts under the prevailing Commission of Elections (Comelec) resolutions, rules and regulations governing the conduct of 2013 midterm elections will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

She said election campaign or propaganda materials, including the names, images, logos, and initials of the candidates of parties, must not appear on patrol cars, ambulances, and government vehicles, particularly those bearing red license plates.

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The same rule applies on waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lampposts, electric posts and wires, traffic signage and other signboards erected on public property.

"Bawal din pong maglagay ng election propaganda sa mga puno, schools, barangay halls, shrines, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers, bridges, islands of roads and highways," Pangilinan added.

The display of campaign materials on public utility vehicles and public transport terminals is also prohibited under the existing Comelec rules and regulations.

Among other prohibited acts are TV programs, documentaries, film or theater production portraying the life and biography of a candidate.

This also includes election materials posted in electronic announcement boards such as LED display boards located along highways, streets and walls of public buildings.

The provincial election officer, meanwhile, stressed any violation of these rules would constitute an election offense and punishable under Section 264 of the Omnibus Election Code.

The imposable penalties are imprisonment of one to six years, disqualification to hold public office and for political parties a fine of not less than P10,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 31, 2013.

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