By Leslie Ann Aquino
Local bets in the May 13 midterm polls were reminded by the Commission on Elections to start removing their premature campaign materials as the campaign period for local candidates is already nearing.
“This early, we are reminding them that they should already be taking them down,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview Wednesday.
He added local officials should start taking down their campaign posters and streamers saying these will all be violative of the campaign rules starting March 29.
The Comelec is expected to come out with a formal notice to local candidates this week.
Under the law, those who filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) will only become candidates at the start of the campaign period.
Jimenez, meantime, said that they continue to conduct their “Operation Baklas” wherein they dismantle the illegal campaign materials of national candidates.
“We are proceeding with the Operation Baklas nationwide and all of these are happening due to the efforts of our local Election Officers in coordination with other government agencies,” he said.
However, the poll official did not identify yet these erring bets saying they are still in the process of building up cases against them.
“We are on cases build-up so we cannot reveal yet the names of the persons that have been cited. But we are proceeding with that,” Jimenez said.
The campaign period for national candidates or those running for senator and partylist started February 12.