MANILA – The issue of dealing with the presence of posters of potential candidates for next year’s elections in public places is the responsibility of local government units (LGUs), an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
“Don’t blame @COMELEC for the posters of potential candidates. Blame your local government for tolerating littering. They have anti-littering ordinances,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in a Twitter post.
At the same time, the poll body official added that campaign rules do not yet apply to these people since they are not yet candidates.
“@COMELEC rules on campaigning do not apply because they are not candidates. They become so when they file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC),” Guanzon added.
This came as some groups circulated several posters of politicians including Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte who is being urged to run in the May 2022 presidential elections.
Based on the Calendar of Activities for next year’s elections earlier released by the Comelec, the filing for the COCs of those who would like to run in the polls will be from October 1 to 8, 2021. (PNA)