Comelec tells citizens to be vigilant as campaign period starts
by Redjie Cawis
Baguio City (13 February) -- The Commission on Elections is asking to be vigilant with the use of the common posting areas as campaign period starts.
COMELEC Regional Director Julius Torres said during the Kapihan sa Baguio forum that they will be working with the police force, government agencies and the public to protect the common posting areas.
The COMELEC will create a task force that will primarily monitor the violations of politicians as they campaign. The task force is composed of the election officers of municipalities and cities together with their respective chief of police and other deputized agencies. The task force will be tasked to monitor violations done on these common posting areas, Torres said.
The COMELEC and the local government units will identify common posting areas for all the politicians running in the national or local positions.
In Baguio City, the designated common posting areas identified is one area per barangay.
Torres added that they will also be coordinating with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in ensuring that the treasured trees of the city will be protected from campaign paraphernalia.
Politicians are prohibited from placing campaign materials on trees. Nailing of posters or streamers is strictly prohibited. Even the use of steel wires to tie any paraphernalia is not allowed, Torres said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways will also monitor bridges, roads and road signs that could possibly used by politicians to hang their election materials during the campaign period.
Torres said that politicians who violate the common posting areas will be warned and election materials will be taken down.
He also urged the public to be vigilant by reporting any of violations in their respective barangays to the COMELEC. (PIA) [top]