RA 9006 sets guidelines for production of campaign posters
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (23 February) -- Making single letters of names having the maximum size or lesser and then putting them together to form a size exceeding 2ft. by 3ft. is a violation of Republic Act No. 9006.
Thus stressed Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Election Director of region 10, who said RA 9006 otherwise known as the "Fair Election Practices Act" calls for the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections through fair election practices.
He said RA 9006 also rules out that there should only be one (1) common poster area (CPA) for every 5,000 registered voters and for every increment of 5,000 registered voters, an additional CPA, thereafter.
A CPA is where the candidates or political parties can exclusively post, display or exhibit their election propaganda to announce further their candidacy which they themselves erect at their own expense.
Magbutay said the CPA is allowed to be put up by the Election Officer (EO) only in public places, such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like where they can be readily seen or read, with the heaviest pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic in the city or municipaliy.
"Giving the candidates equal exposure in the CPA conforms with Pres. Arroyo's bidding to do away with character assassination and explains how the candidates can be part of the bandwagon of positive change," Magbutay said.
These CPAs, however, should not exceed the following dimensions:12 ft. by 16 ft. or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of 192 sq. ft., for political parties and party-list groups and 4ft. by 6ft. or its equivalent but not exceeding a total area of 24 sq. ft. for independent candidates.
The individual posters that may be posted in each CPA shall not exceed 2ft. by 3ft. but may be reduced to a uniform size to accommodate all candidates in case of space limitations. (PIA 10) [top]