Pangasinan municipal, city election offices ordered to dismantle campaign posters

DAGUPAN CITY — The Provincial Elections Office has given municipal and city election offices in Pangasinan the task of implementing “Operation Baklas” (dismantling) and confiscating campaign posters of candidates placed outside common poster areas and those which are also oversized.

Acting Provincial Election Supervisor Joel Ginez said it is up to the municipal and city election offices to do the dismantling and confiscation of all campaign posters put up by the candidates and their supporters in places other than the designated common poster areas.

Some of the campaign posters of candidates appear to be bigger than the size authorized in the Omnibus Election Law, he noted.

Ginez said that the law provides that the campaign posters should not be bigger than two by three feet and that billboards of candidates would not be allowed.

The campaign poster must also indicate where the campaign materials were printed and the persons who donated these.

Prohibited in this election is the distribution of ball pens, fans, hats, t-shirts and other handouts where the names of the candidates are printed, as well as the giving out of cash, and the like.

The acting provincial election officer called on all candidates and their supporters to abide by the provisions of the Omnibus Election Law to avoid any legal question that may be raised by them.

Since the campaign period for local candidates started, supporters of candidates appear to be racing against time in posting campaign materials for their respective bets. PNA/