Comelec prohibits campaigning on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

March 26, 2010 9:40 pm 

MANILA, March 26 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reminded all candidates in the May 10, 2010 national and local polls that campaigning is prohibited on Maundy Thursday (April 1) and Good Friday (April 2) in observance of the Holy Week.

The same prohibition applies on the eve of election day (May 9) and on election day itself (May 10).

Comelec Resolution No. 8758 states: “It is unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or a candidate, or for any political party, or association of persons to engage on election campaign or partisan political activity on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, eve of Election Day and on Election Day.”

“We urge candidates to turn off their loudspeakers and their campaign jingles during the said dates in deference to the Holy Week,” said Comelec Spokespersons James Jimenez.

He also urged the aspirants in the May 10, 2010 national and local polls to reflect during the Holy Week.

“Give yourselves a break and make use of the Holy Week to reflect and ponder on all the promises you dish out during the campaign period and on how you intend to bring them to fruition should you get elected this May,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Comelec official also reminded that local candidates have three days to remove posters and streamers previously erected since the campaign period for local positions officially started Friday (March 26).

“Bring down and remove all illegally-placed posters and streamers, your advertisements in radio, TV and print within three days or face disqualification,” Jimenez said.

Section 29 of Comelec Resolution No. 8758 states that campaign materials such as posters, streamers and advertisements in radio, print or television, “made or done in violation of election laws prior to the campaign period shall be immediately removed by the candidate and by the radio station, print media or television station within three days after the effectivity of the implementing rules and start of the campaign period.” (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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