The Commission on Elections is warning candidates for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections against premature campaigning, which could be a ground for their disqualification.
Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia issued the warning yesterday after receiving reports of candidates having their campaign materials posted on tricycles in their barangays.
Majarucon-Sia said the election will be done manually being a barangay election. So the controlling law is still the Omnibus Election Code and the Fair Election Act which have a provision against premature campaigning, unlike in the automated law.
Under the automated law, a person is not yet a candidate unless the campaign period has started. But with regards to the barangay and SK election, one is considered a candidate at the time he or she files his/her certificate of candidacy (COC).
Majarucon-Sia said she had emphasized to the candidates that they are prohibited from putting campaign materials on tricyles, trisikad and on any public utility vehicle since this violates the law and could be ground for their disqualification.
They can post their campaign materials in common poster areas or on a private property, she said.
Meanwhile, Majarucon-Sia said they are ready to accept COCs of candidates for the barangay and SK elections starting today until April 20 and this includes Saturday and Sunday.
It is important that the candidates comply with all the formal requirements, she said.
Majarucon-Sia said COC’s should beon long size bond paper, with the candidatespassport size picture and documentary stamps on the first copy only. The COC should be also notarized.
Documentary stamps are being bought from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. But there are other government agencies also selling them like the post office and the courts, she said.
However, Majarucon-Sia said she has received reports that there is now a shortage of documentary stamps.
But as they have said before, if there are no documentary stamps available, candidates should present official receipt as proof that they have bought documentary stamps worth P30 in compliance with the TRAIN Law, she said.
Majarucon-Sia said the campaign period starts May 4 up to 12, while the liquor ban will be implemented one day before the election day.*CGS
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