BAGUIO CITY – – The Commission on Election reminds candidates of the proper size and posting of election campaign materials as it intensifies the conduct of “Oplan Baklas”.
Attorney John Paul Martin, Baguio City Election Officer, said that even if supporters are the ones who placed the prohibited campaign paraphernalia outside of designated common posting areas, the candidates should not claim innocence because they were briefed on the matter.
Based on Comelec Resolution 10049 for the rules implementing Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act, posters should not exceed 2 feet by 3 feet and should be posted on the designated common poster areas set by the local election officers, Martin explained.
Comelec, in partnership with the Baguio City Police Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is conducting “Oplan Baklas” to eradicate oversize and illegally posted campaign materials all around Baguio and the province of Benguet.
With the operation, all posters in barangay halls and waiting sheds, and even those in private properties that do not follow the prescribed size are removed.
Violations of provisions of Res.10049 shall constitute an election offense which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote and disqualification from holding public office, Martin said. (JDP/CCD/J.Panelo- PIA/UC Intern)