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Official campaign for poll 2010 ends midnight of May 8

Iloilo City (7 May) -- The official campaign period for both national and local elections will end on midnight of Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 8646, which outlined the calendar of activities in connection with the May 10, 2010 national and local elections, the official campaign period for the candidates for President, Vice President and Senators including party-list groups will be from February 9 until May 8, 2010.

On the other hand, the campaign period for candidates for member, House of Representatives and elective provincial, city and municipal officials will be from March 26 until May 8, 2010.

Comelec Resolution No. 8646, promulgated on July 14, 2009, also contains the list of the prohibited acts during the period.

Some prohibited acts starting May 9 are campaigning; selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor; and giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value.

On election day, May 10, prohibited are soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within thirty meters thereof and voting more than once or in substitution of another.

Also, not allowed are the holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or other any other similar sports and the opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise, or refreshments within a radius of thirty meters from the polling place.

In a radio interview, Iloilo City Acting Election Officer Atty. Roberto Salazar advised complainants of those who have violated any of the acts prohibited to file their complaints to the COMELEC. He urged them to document the violations committed so that these will be properly attended to by the personnel of the City . (PIA) [top]

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