Comelec ensures candidates' equal access to common poster areas
Tacloban City (February 26) -- The Commission on Elections will ensure equal access to all candidates to the identified common poster areas all over the country.
This directive is contained in a memorandum issued by the Comelec to all regional election directors.
Comelec gave the assurance that all candidates vying for national and local elective posts would be required to put only one campaign material for every common poster area nationwide. All the local government units are mandated to identify common poster areas in every locality.
In order to see to it that this directive on One Poster Per Candidate rule is strictly followed, personnel must be designated to supervise, oversee and monitor the activities at the common poster areas, the Comelec memorandum directed.
All regional election directors are required to submit a compliance report to the Comelec central office in Manila within ten days following the dissemination of the directives.
The directive aims to accommodate all the national and local candidates as well as party-list groups. The One Candidate, One Poster rule on the designated common poster areas will be strictly enforced to ensure a fair and level playing field for all candidates in this year's elections, he added.
Comelec called on all national, local and party-list bets to follow the directives even as it has already directed the Department of Public Works and Highways to remove political streamers and posters tucked on the trees along highways and in areas other that the designated common poster areas.
Comelec also called on the candidates to instruct their staff to follow the Comelec directives, saying that it is not really the candidates themselves who put the posters in the prohibited areas but their followers and supporters. Still, it is the responsibility of the candidates to see to it that their followers obey the directives.
Candidates must adhere to Comelec Resolution No. 7767 on the use of common poster areas, the Comelec added, but also clarified that the candidates are allowed to put their posters in front of their homes, their business, their headquarters and in their relatives' homes. (PIA 8) [top]