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22-day campaign period for Tacloban HUC plebiscite starts November 25

Tacloban City (November 25) -- November 25 to December 16, 2008 has been set by Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the campaign period for the December 18 Plebiscite to ratify the conversion of Tacloban City from a component city to highly urbanized city pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1637.

This means that the supporters may openly campaign for Yes to HUC or No to HUC starting November 25. The proponents of Yes or No may also hang streamers and posters showing their stands, or conduct meetings and public gatherings.

December 5 is the last day of appointment of members of Plebiscite Committees and the City Plebiscite Board of Canvassers while the posting of the posted computerized voters list as of the October 29, 2007 Barangay and SK elections is December 15-18. The inspection of polling places is scheduled on December 16.

On December 17, the eve of Plebiscite day, the Comelec prohibits campaigning; giving, accepting free transportation, foods, drinks, and things of value; and the selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor.

On Plebiscite Day, October 18, Comelec prohibits cockfighting and other forms of gambling, holding fairs, boxing, or any other similar sports.

Also prohibited is the giving or accepting free transportation, foods, drinks and other things of value.

The selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor; and the opening of booths or stalls for the sale of merchandise, refreshments, etc. with the distance of 30 meters from polling place, are also prohibited.

The Comelec also prohibits on the Plebiscite Day, campaigning, soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party with the polling place or within thirty (30) meters from the polling place.

Very much prohibited is voting more than once or in substitution of another, the Comelec Resolution No. 8515 promulgated on November 12, 2008 provided. (PIA 8) [top]

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