By Leslie Ann Aquino
Netizens were urged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to report the presence of prohibited campaign materials of senatorial candidates and party-list organizations.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez issued the call in his Twitter account in view of the start of the campaign period for national candidates on Tuesday, February 12.
“Help identify illegally-sized and illegally-placed posters, using this template,” he said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez.
Jimenez said the report must indicate if the campaign material is oversized, out of place, or both.
It must also indicate the location of the illegal campaign material as well as the date when the picture was taken.
“Anonymous accounts may submit reports but must provide identity verification,” said Jimenez.
He said reports must be sent to any social media accounts of the COMELEC, namely Twitter (@comelec); Facebook (facebook.com/comelecph); or Instagram (IG://comelectv).
“Use the hashtag #SumbongSaCOMELEC,” Jimenez said.
Earlier, the Comelec already issued a notice reminding all candidates and parties to immediately remove all prohibited forms of election propaganda before the start of the campaign period.
“Otherwise, said candidate or party shall be presumed to have committed the pertinent election offense during the said campaign period for national candidates,” Jimenez said.
“Prohibited forms of election propaganda include those that are posted outside of common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner,” he added. #MatalinongBoto2019