Graduation posters not allowed - Comelec
Posters bearing candidates’ congratulatory messages to graduates are considered campaign materials, the Commission on Elections said Thursday.
“It is a campaign material. Kahit na may congratulations, basta naroon ang name at mukha, propaganda material iyan,” said Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes.
Brillantes also said posting of such messages on trees and electric post are prohibited and will be considered as an election offense.
Comelec Resolution 9615, promulgated last January 15, provides parties and candidates may post any lawful campaign material in authorized common poster areas in public places, subject to the requirements or limitations set by the commission.
The Comelec also said that national and local candidates for the May 13 midterm elections are strictly prohibited from promoting their candidacies during graduation ceremonies in all primary and secondary public schools.
The Education Department directed school officials to avoid inviting candidates during graduation day.
DepEd stressed that graduation celebrations and ceremonies should only be for students and their parents.
However, Brillantes said there were reports that a number of local candidates were seen as guest speakers to graduation ceremonies in various places in Metro Manila and in the provinces.
“Wala pang bawal hanggang ngayon sa local candidates. I think they are taking advantage of the deadline,” said Brillantes.
“They can campaign wherever they like. But there is a circular from DepEd. The school will be held liable,” Brillantes added.
The official campaign period for local candidates will start on March 29.
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