In compliance to the directive of the Commission on Elections, personnel from Southern Leyte Engineering District Office started its ‘Operation: Baklas’ on campaign materials placed outside the designated common poster areas.
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MAASIN CITY- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field office here is bracing for the removal of prohibited campaign materials in compliance to the Commission on Election (Comelec) rules.
District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said their office will deploy nine teams with at least four members on March 29 that will join Comelec and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the lawful campaign drive.
The poll body has set the rules for campaigning through Comelec Resolution No. 10488 or the “Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Fair Elections Act of May 2019 elections.”
“The Comelec will spearhead the activity to determine whether these campaign paraphernalia are legal and posted on designated areas or not. DPWH will provide the manpower for the removal of campaign materials while PNP will provide security personnel,” said Junia.
DPWH Southern Leyte will meet with Comelec and PNP officials to discuss plans and preparations for the synchronized “Operation Baklas” program in Southern Leyte on March 25.
The poll body has allowed the following sizes for the materials in common poster areas: 12 feet x 16 feet, (for political parties and party-list groups), 4 feet and 6 feet, (for independent candidate), and 2 feet x 3 feet (for individual posters).
During public rallies and meetings, considered as lawful are streamers not exceeding 3 feet by 8 feet in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally.
According to Comelec rules, said streamers maybe displayed five days before the date of the meeting or rally and should be removed within 24 hours after said meeting or rally.
Candidates may not put up campaign materials at highways, bridges, center islands, flyover, sky walks, under pass, trees and other public places not designated as common poster areas.
Display or exhibit of any election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner is deemed illegal.
In headquarters or residence of candidates, only lawful campaign paraphernalia may be displayed.
The election period for candidates running for national positions has started on February 12. For local candidates, the campaign period will kick off on March 29. (PR)