Early campaign posters not banned but can be taken down: ex-poll commissioner


Posted at Sep 14 2018 08:23 PM

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MANILA - The public can call for the removal of campaign posters which were sighted months before the submission of certificates of candidacy, a former Commission on Elections official said Friday.

Election laws only recognize an individual as a candidate at the start of the campaign period, not at the filing of the COC, and there is also none that would prevent government officials from premature campaigning, said former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

"If they don't want the billboards, they can issue a directive to pull it down. That's the first step, there's several steps that have to be done here. We have to give the benefit of the doubt to these officials," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"If they don't want it, if there's a billboard along EDSA, you can call them and ask them to take it down," he said.

- Early Edition, 14 September 2018