Campaign period in Central Luzon kicks off with different propaganda gimmicks

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, March 30 — The local campaign period started Saturday with candidates in Central Luzon showcasing different propaganda gimmicks to get the attention of the voting public.

Some of the political aspirants kicked off the day in a traditional way while others launched their campaign through modern technology.

In a fiesta style atmosphere, some of them paraded in the streets accompanied by musical bands and their throng of supporters.

Wearing their color-coded shirts, they shook and waved their hands to every people whom they met and see along the streets.

Likewise, vehicles with PA system, adorned with stickers, balloons and banners are roaming around the streets to announce the candidates political bids.

Political jingles based on popular hit songs like gangnam style can be heard anywhere to catch the attention of the people.

Supporters of the candidates also started to put and hang campaign posters in public places as such as plazas, markets and barangay centers which can be readily seen or read by the voters.

Social media is also becoming a popular tool for campaigning in the region.

Candidates started to use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in trying to reach out the voting public, particularly the youth.

From their accounts, candidates post their programs, projects and photos as well as their platform of government in an effort to solicit support and increase their chances of winning in the upcoming midterm elections.

With the start of local campaign period, expect to see many of the candidates doing a lot of gimmicks and other creative ways to grab the attention of the voting public.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded the local candidates in the region to strictly follow campaign rules.

Comelec regional director Rafael Olano said they would not hesitate to file appropriate charges against the candidates who will violate Comelec Resolution No. 9615 or the rules and regulations implementing RA 9006 or the Fair Elections Act.

We ask all candidates to strictly abide by the rules on campaign or else, we will file charges against them, Olano said.

He said among the provisions that are commonly violated are the size of campaign posters and the restriction on areas where campaign materials are allowed to be posted. (PNA)

HBC/ZST/PS

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