Anyone can remove illegal posters – Comelec

April 11, 2016 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – The Commission on Elections said even private citizens can remove oversized posters or campaign materials which are not in common poster areas, and warned political candidates against putting up oversized posters or campaign materials even in their own houses or fences.

Pangasinan Election Officer Joel Ginez said the Comelec lacks the personnel to remove the illegal campaign materials as each town’s election office only has two or three staff.

The Comelec has asked deputized the police and other agencies in removing the campaign materials, but “anyone can do it when they are of illegal size or not in common poster areas,” he said.

He said his office has been receiving complaints about oversized posters, and that he has ordered the municipal election officers to start Operation Baklas or the removal of the posters.

“Marami ng natanggal, pero mas maraming resources ang politicians. May nabaklas, may maglalagay na naman (We have removed plenty but the politicans has much resources. After we removed, they are replaced),” he said.

Ginez said before the start of official campaign period for local elections, almost all candidates have oversized posters.

“Now, the posters are removed but the structures are still there. They put up several posters of the right size in the structures, but this is allowed,” he said.

Pangasinan is one of the provinces listed by the police as under election watchlist and 20 towns and cities are also listed as such.

However, there have been no reports of election-related offences or violence in the province, he said.

The Philippine Army has added personnel in its stations in Manaoag and Binmaley which are ready to be deployed when needed. The army participate in election-related activites like conducting checkpoints. YOLANDA SOTELO


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