Candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) are strictly prohibited from promoting themselves on social media until the campaign period starts, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Comelec Chairperson George Garcia reminded candidates about Section 80 of the Omnibus Election Code, which prohibits election campaigns or partisan political activity outside the designated period
Under Comelec Resolution 10905, campaigning is not allowed between September 3 and October 18, 2023.
The campaign period is from October 19 to 28.
“Once nag-file ka ng certificate of candidacy, ikaw ay kandidato na. Bawal ang pag-post, bawal ang pangangamay, bawal ang pag-iikot, bawal ang pamimigay ng kung anu-ano dahil ikaw ay kandidato na,” Garcia said in the latest episode of “The Mangahas Interviews.”
“At the same time, kung mayroon kang social media posts, kinakailangang tanggalin lahat ‘yan. Huwag na po tayong magsasabi pa na magdadahilan. ‘Yan po ay lumang mga kadahilanan na ‘yan na hindi nangangampanya dahil walang nakalagay na vote for,” he added.
As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, a total of 1,181,404 individuals nationwide had filed candidacy papers for 672,016 seats up for grabs in the BSKE on October 30, based on Comelec data.
Garcia said they expect around two million COC filers.
Due to the inclement weather, the Comelec suspended the filing of certificates of candidacy in the National Capital Region on Thursday. It resumed on Saturday, September 2, and would continue until Monday, September 4.
The poll body also said the filing of COCs in Abra province resumed on Friday and would last until Monday.
The filing of COCs in Ilocos Norte will be extended until Sunday. — VBL, GMA Integrated News