June 29, 2021

Voters are being urged to avoid politicians who are involved in early campaigning

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election stakeholders issued an appeal to the public on Tuesday, urging them not to support candidates who are engaging in early campaigning.

“Do not cast your ballot for them. Don’t give negative conduct a chance to succeed. We don’t have a problem finding qualified applicants. There are candidates that adhere to the regulations, according to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, who spoke during an open forum.

According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) schedule of operations for the May 9, 2022 elections, the time for filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) will be conducted from October 1 to October 8, 2018.

While the race is still in progress, make certain that we select those who are not violating the rules of the game. “Make certain you use the same criteria regardless of whether you are with or like the candidate,” Jimenez advised candidates.

Mr. Eric Alvia, Secretary General of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), expressed his support for the Comelec’s decision.

“We should not encourage or reward inappropriate conduct. This is already a harbinger of what is still to come. If a specific candidate is taking advantage today, what is the likelihood that he would do so in public service, when there is a great deal of temptation? The kind of leadership or integrity that this individual has may already be seen in a glance, says the professor.

Alvia said that many electoral changes are required to reduce election infractions, but that Congress has failed to act on the issue.

“Congress is in charge of a lot of the election changes that need to be implemented. He claims that they do not act on this information simply because they are beneficiaries of the existing legislation.

The rigorous filing of the disclosures of contributions and expenditures, he said, is one of the changes being implemented (SOCEs).

According to the Commission on Elections, candidates may enhance or rigorously enforce the SOCE submission by submitting a declaration stating that they have not spent the previous six months or a year before filing their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) on election-related issues. When they file for their SOCE, they should continue to do so on a regular basis until the conclusion of the election period. So that the general public may track them as well,” he said.

It is always a part of their campaign, according to Brizza Rosales, project director of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), not to support candidates who do not abide by the regulations.

“Even if the campaign season has not yet begun, people should not provide their support to those who break the law. According to her, “It is always our campaign’s goal not to support or vote for such candidates.”

She said that early campaigning “would always be a barrier to openness and good government.”

The public, according to Rosales, may assist in various efforts by documenting and supporting them, such as collecting premature campaigning footage.

“At the same time, we may always advocate for the formalization of what we desire.” What we can do is support the upcoming legislation that will allow the candidate’s definition to be restored,” she said.

It is planned that the campaign season for candidates for national posts will begin on February 8, 2022, and will end on May 7, 2022, or 90 days before the elections.

Candidates competing for local posts will have 45 days to campaign, which will begin on March 25 and end on May 7, 2022, respectively.

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