Pols urged to re­move campaign ma­te­ri­als

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lauren Alimondo Sun*Star Reporter

THE COM­MIS­SION on Elec­tions in Benguet is set to con­duct ‘op­er­a­tion bak­las’ and have sought the help of barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan can­di­dates to get rid of all campaign para­pher­na­lia.

Com­elec provin- cial elec­tion su­per­vi­sor Elenita Ca­puyan said win­ning and los­ing can­di­dates should vol­un­tar­ily take down the campaign posters.

“Bring down all campaign para­pher­na­lias as soon as pos­si­ble,” Ca­puyan stressed.

‘Op­er­a­tion bak­las’ will be con­ducted by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, De­part-

ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways and the dif­fer­ent Com­elec of­fices. The mon­i­tor­ing and op­er­a­tion is set to start on May 21 and 23.

Mean­while, a post-eval­u­a­tion meet­ing is set on May 22 to dis­cuss the ob­ser­va­tions and prob­lems en­coun­tered dur­ing the Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan Elec­tions.

The Com­elec re­minded all can­di­dates who run for these years’ elec­tions to im­me­di­ately file their state­ment of con­tri­bu­tions and ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE) on or be­fore June 14.

With­out SOCE, the can­di­dates are sub­jected to an ad­min­is­tra­tive fine of P1,000 to P30,000 de­pend­ing on the dis­cre­tion of the com­mis­sion, and will not be al­lowed to take their oath as of­fi­cials.

Ca­puyan added a can­di­date who failed to file his SOC twice may lead to per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ear­lier, Com­elec-Cordillera re­gional di­rec­tor Julius Tor­res asked the aid of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) to pre­vent win­ning of­fi­cials from re­sum­ing to of­fice with­out SOCE’s.

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