DILG reminds LGU chiefs of non-partisan October polls

September 29, 2010 10:31 am 

ILOILO CITY, Sept. 28 – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) here has reminded local mayors that the October poll exercise is a non-partisan political exercise.

DILG regional director Evelyn Trompeta said that local chief executives such as mayors and governors should not endorse any candidates under an umbrella party or political group.

Director Trompeta said that town mayor may endorse and support their favorite barangay and SK candidates. But they are prohibited to campaign for them during the entire 45-day election period which started on September 25.

She reiterated the reminder of the Commission On Election (Comelec) that the barangay and SK elections are non-partisan in nature. This means that Comelec prohibits the intervention by political party, coalition of political parties, or any other organization, including the group where the mayor belongs, she added.

The Comelec may cancel the registration of a political party or group if it violates this provision.

Trompeta stressed that the DILG is supporting the implementation of all resolutions and circulars released by the Comelec.

Trompeta also reminded all LGUs to strictly follow all election-related policy including gun bans, check-points as well as adhere to common poster and campaign ad areas, among others.

Likewise, DILG said that all LGUs are being prohibited to hire new employees unless the position to be filled is essential to the proper functioning of the office or agency concerned, and that the position shall not be filled in a manner that may influence the election.

DILG also reminds LGUs that Comelec bans that promotion, salary increase and granting of privileges any government official or employee during the election period. (PNA)



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