Feb 122013

The Commission on Elections on Wednesday found continued violations of the campaign rules for the May elections as it started a “documentation tour” of compliance with campaign rules.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez led the team that took pictures of the campaign posters.

Among the first seen by the Comelec were campaign materials of Kabataan party-list on the posts of LRT in front of Luneta Park and along Taft Avenue in Manila.

Comelec spokesman James Arthur Jimenez posted on Twitter a photo of posters plastered along Taft Avenue, belonging to the youth-oriented party list.

In his post, he indicated the photo was taken as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

There was also an oversized tarpaulin of Buhay party-list hanging on an electric post along Quirino Avenue.

The poll body prohibits posting of campaign materials on public infrastructures, among others.

Comelec earlier said those who will be found to have illegal campaign posters will be given a notice which they should act on within three days or they will be charged with an election offense.

The Comelec is now enforcing campaign rules for candidates in the senatorial and party-list elections, after the campaign period for such posts started on Tuesday.

“(The candidates concerned), however, will have to be given official notice of this violation, and the opportunity to address (the) problem,” Jimenez earlier said on his Twitter account. 

As of posting time, the areas covered by the documentation tour are Intramuros, Finance Road, Taft Avenue and Quirino Avenue in Manila.

Earlier in the day, a Twitter user had informed Jimenez that several violations of the campaign rules had been noted along Taft Avenue. —Amita Legaspi/KG, GMA News

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