Anakbayan to Comelec

>> Friday, February 19, 2016


'Review your policies' Youth group Anakbayan Cordillera expressed their dismay for selectively removing electoral campaign materials of Makabayan Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) by Commission on Elections(Comelec) despite following their campaign guidelines as mandated in Comelec Resolution 10049 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations ofthe Fair Elections Act for the May 2016 polls.
          Starting election campaign period, local office of Comelec in Baguio started removing campaign posters that Anakbayanclaimed to be “properly-placed” and have abided to agreed poster standards.
“It is hypocrisy for the Comelecto encourage candidates to abide by their rules and regulations if they themselves seem to be unaware of such rules,” said Luke Bagangan, secretary general of Anakbayan
Bagangan said there were no violations made after they reviewed said rules.With this, Anakbayan urged Comelec to explain their actions.
“If they are really practicing fair treatment among candidates, they have to explain why Makabayan is being singled out. They also need toexplain why can’t we place a campaign poster in Comelec-accredited common postering areas,” said Bagangan. The group said last election, the said party was also subject to discriminatory actions of Comelec.“When a so-called violation was made by a member of Makabayan, we expected an immediate response from the institution. However,they can’t even respond to our complaints filed last election against candidates who blatantly violated their regulations,” added Bagangan.Still, the group expressed their intent to talk to Comelec to discuss the said regulations.“We have no choice. Election is always discriminatory for those who can’t afford to spend hundreds of thousands for a short TV commercial.
We still have to resort to traditional posters even we are consistently being discriminated by Comelec,” said Bagangan.

Anybody from Comelec who could respond to these allegations?This, as Senate President Franklin Drilon vowed that he would push for reforms in the election code following reports of overspending by some candidates.Drilon said the Comelec should also ask candidates to explain their expenses even before the 90-day campaign period starts.“We have to revisit the election code. It is harsh not to count the election expenses where the expenses are incurred before the filing of certificate of candidacy or even before the campaign period… The expenses before the campaign period are not counted and that is a fiction that is created by law,” he pointed out.


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