The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is clear about setting guidelines for lawful election propaganda. While the 90-day campaign for those running for senator and party-list groups started last February 12, the local candidates will start on March 29.
Campaign posters and tarpaulins are already filling in the major streets, may it be national or provincial roads. Obviously, most of the posters met the required sizes but noticeably others are oversized which the Comelec could enforce the law and its rules. Other violation that these candidates are tend to make is the posting in a wrong place. Some supporters posted it on trees or even electric posts which is surely not acceptable.
Posters or tarpaulins must be no bigger than 2×3 feet or 3×2 feet and they must be positioned in common poster areas determined by Comelec officials in each locality. Posters may be set up on private property with the permission of the owner but they must be of the required size.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said last month that campaign materials such as a leaflet, card, bumper sticker, and other election propaganda must contain the words “political advertisement paid for…” by the candidate or party.
For national candidates, or those running for senator and party list, the campaign period is from February 12 to May 11. For local candidates, from House representatives to city and municipal councilors, they can campaign from March 29 to May 11.
Here are the lawful campaign materials allowed during the campaign period
Pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers, or similar materials (maximum width: 8 1/2 inches; maximum length: 14 inches)
Handwritten or printed letters campaigning for or against a candidate/party
Posters, whether framed or posted (maximum area: 2 feet by 3 feet)
Banners or streamers during public meetings or rallies which may only be displayed from 5 days before up to 24 hours after the rally (maximum area: 3 feet by 8 feet)
Social media posts, whether original or reposted, which may be incidental to the creator’s advocacies of social issues or is primarily endorsing a candidate
Mobile units, vehicles, or motorcades of all types, whether engine or manpower driven or animal drawn, with or without sound systems or loud speakers and with or without lights.
Paid ads in broadcast, internet, mobile, print, or outdoor media
Campaign materials (except banners or streamers) in headquarters and residences of candidates