Comelec reminds candidates on common poster area rules

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates of a provision that laid down the implementing rules and regulations pertaining to common poster areas.

Comelec-Eastern Visayas Director Dennis Ausan said Resolution 9615 provides that parties and independent candidates at, upon authority of the commission, through the city or municipal election officer concerned, erect at their expense common poster areas wherein they can post, display, or exhibit their election propaganda to announce or further their candidacy.

“Common poster areas shall be allowed by the election officer only in selected public places such as plazas, markets and barangay centers where posters may be readily seen or read with the heaviest pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the city or municipality,” Ausan added.


He said candidates may be allowed to put up their posters in designated common poster areas at their own expense.

Ausan reiterated calls to candidates not to post their campaign materials on electric posts, trees and other public structures.

Comelec instead allows the setting up of temporary structures in designated common poster areas for their exclusive purpose of displaying their campaign materials.

Comelec Resolution 9615 states that parties and candidates may put up common poster areas in every barangay.

“One common poster area is allowed in a barangay with 5,000 registered voters or less. An additional common poster area will be allowed for every increment of 5,000 voters,” Ausan said.

Meanwhile, common poster areas for political parties and party-list groups should not exceed the following dimensions, 12 by 16 feet, or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of 192 square feet.

The dimensions for independent candidates’ poster area will be four by six feet, or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of 24 square feet. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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