Brillantes warns party-list: Take down illegal posters or face disqualification
MANILA, Philippines - Follow the rules or risk disqualification.
As if the party-list purge was not enough, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr on Tuesday, February 12 issued a stern warning to party-list groups that fail to follow campaign rules.
Party-list grps shud be careful. Violation of campaign rules NOT only an ELECTION OFFENSE but a GROUND FOR CANCELLATION of REG per RA7941.— Sixto Brillantes Jr. (@ChairBrillantes) February 12, 2013
COMELEC is ready launch a new wave of cancellation of party-list groups, despite printing of ballots, if prompted by their illegal posters.— Sixto Brillantes Jr. (@ChairBrillantes) February 12, 2013
The tweets were posted after Brillantes received a number of reports from social media users who spotted party-list campaign posters and streamers which were outside designated areas.
A total of 79 party-list groups are running in the May elections but there are 123 groups listed on the official ballot after those disqualified earlier by the Comelec managed to get a Supreme Court order forcing their inclusion in the ballots pending their appeals.
Here are some of the violations reported to @ChairBrillantes and @Comelec:
Comelec Resolution 9615 states that candidates may only post their campaign paraphernalia in common poster areas within a specified time period.
-Rappler.com/with reports from Angela Casauay