Comelec will ban campaign motorcades in 18 major roads in Metro Manila

April 5, 2013 10:20 pm 

CABUYAO, Laguna April 5 — The Commission on Elections mulls banning campaign motorcades in 18 major thoroughfares to prevent traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said the commission is drafting a resolution, to be released early next week that would bar campaign activities in major roads of the metropolis.

“We’re approving the proposal of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). While we’re not prohibiting motorcades or any kind of campaign rallies, we are regulating in a sense that you’re not allowed to enter here,” he said during the inspection of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS)) machines at the Power Serve Inc. Warehouse here in Cabuyao Friday.

On Wednesday, the MMDA met with Brillantes to discuss how to prevent such activities from being staged in major roads after receiving complaints from the public.

The roads identified were Quezon Avenue, Marcos Highway, EDSA, C5, Commonwealth Avenue, Espana Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Rizal Avenue, President Quirino Avenue, Aurora Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Roxas Boulevard, Araneta Avenue, and A.H. Lacson Street.

However, he noted that candidates will be allowed only to hold campaign rallies using minor or secondary streets.

"Bawal sa EDSA, sa South Super Highway, Boni Avenue, Taft Avenue, Avenida, C5.”

Brillantes added that violators will be charged with an election offense.

In its proposal, the MMDA asked the Comelec to authorize and deputize its enforcers to assist the commission in “regulating the use” of Metro Manila’s major roads for campaign motorcades and caravans “to mitigate the effects of traffic congestion brought by election-related activities.” (PNA)

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