By: R. G. Antonet Go
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday removed several illegal campaign posters of candidates in the May 2019 mid-term polls as the agency launched “Operation Baklas (Oplan Baklas)” in this southern port city.
The launching of the Oplan Baklas was timed with the start of the campaign of the candidates seeking local elective posts.
Lawyer Jan Christian Babiera, second district election officer, said the campaign materials they removed were oversized and placed outside the designated poster areas.
Babiera said the campaign posters of local and national candidates were placed on electric posts, streetlight posts, and in a school.
He said the campaign posters they have removed will be properly disposed of.
He reiterated that the designated poster areas are in front of the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in the second district while for the first district is at the rotunda at the intersection of Gov. Camins Avenue and boundaries of Barangays Canelar and Sta. Maria.
Campaign posters may also be placed in private properties with the consent of the owners.
“We are reminding the candidates to comply with the campaign rules and regulations. The size of the campaign posters should not exceed two-feet by three-feet in dimension,” he said.
Earlier, Babiera reminded local candidates to abide by the campaign rules and regulations to prevent disqualification.
The campaign period for local candidates started Friday and ends on May 11 while the campaign period for national posts started on February 12 and will also end on May 11. (PNA)