The Commission on Elections on Thursday advised the public against voting for candidates who cause noise pollution and heavy traffic along the streets while campaigning.
“If [voters] are annoyed by these noises from the campaign, then they should not vote for those behind them,” Comelec chairman Andres Bautista told reporters, then added: “If you are put at a disadvantage by the traffic caused by closed roads and heavy traffic, then you should get angry at these candidates,” the poll chief encouraged.
The campaign period for local candidates began March 25 and will end on May 7, two days before the elections. Campaigning for national candidates began Feb. 9.
Local and national candidates normally hold motorcades with speakers blasting their campaign jingles, or hold political rallies that entail temporary road closures.
On Wednesday, the Liberal Party, led by administration party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, held a motorcade and campaign rally at the Monumento Circle in Caloocan City, blocking the roads and causing heavy traffic.