Have you noticed all sorts of campaign materials in your area lately? It’s because the 90-day campaign period for the 2019 May elections has started (February 12 to May 11, 2019), and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) saw this as a sign to revive ‘Operation Baklas,’ which targets illegal campaign materials and takes them down.
The Comelec invites the public to participate in the operation, urging people to report illegal campaign posters and streamers in their locale. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez says that an online system has been set up to effectively collect information about violations against campaign rules. This system includes an email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a social media scheme where citizens may send in their reports via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #SumbongSaCOMELEC.
The Comelec identifies illegal campaign paraphernalia as the following:
- materials that are posted outside common poster areas in public places
- materials that are placed in government-owned public transport vehicles
- materials that are posted in government offices
- materials that go beyond the size limit of 2×3 feet or 3×2 feet
Let’s help make sure the campaign season is clean and fair. For more information, visit the Comelec website.
Text by Aizel Dolom. Photo from Pexels.
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