Common poster areas do not refer to posts, trees or walls - Comelec
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (31 March) -- A common poster area does not refer to a post, a tree, the wall of a building or an existing public structure that is in active use, according to the Commission on Elections.
This is based on Section 22 of Resolution No. 8758, promulgated February 4, 2010 on the rules and regulations implementing Republic Act No. 9006, otherwise known as the "Fair Election Practices Act" in relation to the May 10, 2010 synchronized national and local elections, and subsequent elections.
The resolution was signed by Jose A.R. Melo, Chairman, and Commissioners Rene V. Sarmiento, Nicodemo T. Ferrer, Lucenito N. Tagle, Armando C. Velasco, Elias R. Yusoph and Gregorio Y. Larrazabal.
The resolution emphasized that a common poster area is a structure that is temporarily set up by the candidates or political parties for the exclusive purpose of displaying their campaign posters.
Each political party, party-list group, organization, or coalition, and independent candidate may put up common poster areas in every barangay. If there are 5,000 registered voters or less, a common poster area can be put up; and for every increment of 5,000 registered voters thereafter, there would 1 additional common poster area.
Such common poster area, according to the COMELEC resolution, shall be allowed by the Election Officer (EO) only in public places such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like where posters may be readily seen or read, with the heaviest pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic in the city or municipality.
In Kalibo, three common posters were designated by the COMELEC under Election Officer Lorena Tumbagahan. These are located in front of the Kalibo Cathedral, the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital and at Roxas Avenue near the Kalibo Pilot Elementary School.
Each barangay in Kalibo has its designated common poster area. Kalibo, Aklan's capital town and the vote-richest municipality with 46,530 voters as of January 2010 count, has 16 barangays. (PIA) [top]