Cebu City Comelec to start taking note of candidates’ offenses
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Commission on Election (Comelec) will start documenting campaign materials and other election paraphernalia in the city following the start of the campaign period on Friday, March 29.
Lawyer Marchel Sarno, Cebu City South District election officer, said in a phone interview with CDN Digital that they would start roaming around the city to document the campaign materials of the candidates.
The Comelec will document the size and placement of the campaign materials before they will take those campaign materials, which are not placed at the designated areas or are not the right size required by the Comelec, during the nationwide synchronized Oplan Baklas in the coming week.
Sarno reminded the candidates that posters should only be within two by three feet and must be posted in public areas or in private properties but with permission of the owners.
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He said they would look closely on public properties such as the fencing of the construction site of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) which had been reported to be covered with campaign posters.
“Ato tan-awon na if naka-violate ba gyod sila aron atong maparequest nga tangtangon sa candidates,” said Sarno.
(We will see if they have violated the rule on posting campaign materials so that we can request them to take down these materials.)
Sarno said that since the beginning of the campaign period, there have been no complaints on the political parties about their making election offenses.
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The Cebu City’s rival parties, the Partido Barug-PDP Laban and the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK) conducted proclamation rallies on Friday and Saturday respectively.
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Sarno encouraged the public to complain about violating candidates during the campaign period, and warned the candidates that they might be disqualified for violating election rules./dbs
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