Comelec orders EOs to tear down illegal campaign posters

March 18, 2010 10:14 pm 

MANILA, March 18 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ordered all Election Officers (EOs) to enforce the Fair Election Practices Act (FEPA) particularly tearing down all illegal campaign posters in their jurisdiction nationwide.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said all election materials not posted in the designated common poster areas are considered illegal and will be torn down.

FEPA prohibits the posting of campaign materials in public places outside of the designated common poster areas such as streets, bridges, public structures or buildings, trees, electric posts or wires, schools, shrines, main thoroughfares and the like.

The Comelec has designated common poster areas in plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like, where candidates can display their posters.

Larrazabal said the EOs will be the head of the task force, in each city or municipality nationwide that will monitor and remove all illegally posted campaign materials.

According to the Comelec, many areas in Kalookan, Marikina, Navotas, Quezon City, Manila, Bulacan and Las Pinas are cluttered with campaign materials.

“We have to clean the cities. Illegal posters must be taken down and we are authorized to take them down. The posters must be in common poster areas and private residences but must still conform to the regulated size,” he said.

Aside from the EOs, the poll body also deputized the Department of Public Works and Highways and Metro Manila Development Authority to remove all illegal election propaganda proliferating all over the country.

In Resolution No. 8781, promulgated on Feb. 17, 2010 by the Commission en banc, the poll body tasked the said agencies to dismantle election materials posted on areas not authorized as common posters areas. (PNA)

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