COMELEC issues prohibited acts for May 13 election
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued recently the calendar of activities and periods of prohibited acts in connection with the May 13, 2019 national and local elections.
As the election period started on January 13 and ends on June 12, the COMELEC had imposed prohibited acts (unless authorized by the Commission) during the period, which are: alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service; bearing, carrying, or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons; use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates; organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or similar forces; and, suspension of elective local officials.
Starting March 29 (until May 12), appointment or hiring of new employees, creation or filling up of new positions, promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege are strictly prohibited; as well as, construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrant or similar devises for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds; and, release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds.
Campaign period for Senatorial candidates and party-list groups starts on February 12, while members of House of Representatives and elective regional, provincial, city, and municipal officials campaign starts on March 29. However, campaigning on April 18 and 19 (Holy Thursday and Good Friday) are prohibited.
Prohibited acts during the campaign period also include; giving donations or gifts in cash or in kind, appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents and the like, and, illegal release of prisoners.
On May 13, the eve and on the election day, the COMELEC prohibits campaigning; giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value; selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating drinks.
Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within 30 meters is prohibited, as well as, opening of booths or stalls for the sale of merchandise or refreshments within a radius of 30 meters from the polling place; holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing horse races or any other similar sports; and, voting more than once or in substitution of another. #bg