The Iloilo City Commission on Elections (Comelec) has designated common poster areas per district where campaign materials of national, party-lists, and local candidates will only be displayed in line with the May 13 midterm elections.

The common poster areas are at Plaza Libertad facing J.M. Basa Street for City Proper; Rizal Street facing Iloilo Supermart and Arevalo Police Station, beside Arevalo Gymnasium for Arevalo district; Jaro Plaza facing Ledi Supermarket and Andok’s Chicken for Jaro district; La Paz Plaza along Huervana Street and La Paz Police Station for La Paz district; in front of Jalandoni Memorial Elementary School, Abanilla Street for Lapuz district; Mandurriao Plaza facing 7-11 Convenience Store, Oñate for Mandurriao district; and Molo Plaza facing Molo Caltex Station and The Mansion on Locsin Street in Molo district.

City Comelec Election Assistant Jonathan Sayno said political campaign materials must only be two-feet by three-feet and must only be displayed on common poster areas.

“All campaign materials violating the common poster areas and sizes will be removed,” Sayno said.

The City Comelec has started removing illegal campaign materials February 12 when the campaign period for senatorial candidates and party-list groups began.

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Sayno said the City Comelec also removed campaign materials without “Political Advertisement Paid For” or “Political Advertisement Paid By” signs including the address of candidates.

Campaign materials that were removed were confiscated, itemized according to sizes, reported to the Comelec provincial office, and then forwarded to Regional Office which will report to Comelec Law Department or Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

Local candidates can start posting their campaign materials on March 29.

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“I would like to remind our local candidates that you must follow the rules; and for the voters, please do not be too emotional during the campaign period to avoid dispute and choose candidates based on their qualifications and platforms,” Sayno said.

The Iloilo City Task Force on Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structure (TF Asis) also helped the City Comelec in removing illegal campaign materials.

“Some are posted along local roads and sari-sari stores where owners are complaining because they did not ask permission prior to posting,” TF Asis head Roberto Dumanil said. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)

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