By Leslie Ann Aquino
Twenty-nine senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm polls have so far registered the website name and address of their respective official blog or social media pages with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Last month, the poll body issued a Notice to Candidates and Parties reminding each registered political party and candidate to immediately register with their Education and Information Department.
At that time, only 13 senate bets had complied.
To note, there are 62 senatorial candidates and 134 partylist groups in the upcoming polls.
For party-list organizations, only 69 out of the 134 groups got registered as of April 4.
For other positions, the report released by the poll body revealed the following: congressional candidates only 58 out of the 633 aspirants, governor 14 out of 273 bets, vice governor 10 out of 185, provincial board members 85 out of the 1,733, mayor 152 out of 3,986, vice mayor 112 out of 3,618, and councilor 944 out of the 33,064 aspirants.
This means that only 1,473 out of the 43,554 candidates have so far registered their websites and social media pages with the poll body.
In Resolution No. 10488, the Comelec said each registered political party and candidate shall register with their EID the website name and web address of the official blog or social media page.
Any other blogs or social media pages, it further said, shall be deemed as an additional official blog or social media page of a candidate if it is determined that its primary purpose is the endorsement of a candidate when taken as a whole.
Failure to do so shall be considered as an election offense, which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification to hold public office. #MatalinongBoto2019