Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bets told: Follow posting guides

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted date: February 14, 2010

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The municipal election officer has reminded national and local candidates to respect the designated poster areas and follow guidelines on posting of campaign materials.

Randy Banzuela said his office had identified eight key areas where candidates are allowed to post posters and tarpaulins.

Most of these areas are along the national highway.

This is in accordance with the directive of the regional office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to identify common poster areas, Banzuela said.

“We are calling on the candidates to post at the designated areas only. Otherwise, we will be forced to dismantle the campaign materials,” he said.

Banzuela also said the allowable size of campaign materials is only two by three feet. However, some local candidates, even before the official campaign period begins, have already posted propaganda materials in the town, some exceeding the allowable size.

The official campaign period for local candidates starts on March 26.

Huge tarpaulins of local candidates are already displayed, most of which give hints about the position they are seeking.

There are six mayoral candidates in Los Baños. Most of them have already started posting publicity materials.

Banzuela urged residents to attend the automatic polls demonstration on February 19 and 23 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the Lopez Elementary School. Karen Lapitan, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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