COMELEC introduces “Boy Bawal”

comelecboybawalThe Commission on Elections (COMELEC) recently introduces “Boy Bawal”, its poster boy against campaign violations in line with the upcoming May 2013 midterm elections.

The video which was produced by COMELEC’s Education and Information Department, run for about 2 minutes, it showed “Boy Bawal” listing and enumerating all the “Don’ts” during the campaign period.

Campaign violations enumerated by Boy Bawal on the video were;

1. Oversize Posters
According to COMELEC Resolution No. 9615 election campaign posters should only measure 2 x 3 feet and campaign leaflets should only be 8.5 x 14 inches.

2. Posters on PUVs (Public Utility Vehicles)
Under COMELEC Res. No. 9615, it is highly prohibited to attach posters and campaign materials on different public utility vehicles such as bus, jeepney, tricycle, pedicab etc.

3. Posters on Trees
COMELEC Res. No. 9615 also prohibits posting of campaign materials on trees, telephone and electrical lines and posts and other non-common poster areas.

4. Vote Buying
Lastly, under the same COMELEC Resolution, giving of money or any other things with value to the voters by the candidates also constitutes serious election offense.

Towards the end of the video, COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes encourages the public to report any campaign violations and election offense that they will see. Since many Pinoys are into social media, anyone can tweet election violations to COMELEC’s twitter account @comelec with the hashtag #sumbongko. They also have hotlines which people can call to report any election related concerns.

COMELEC Hotlines:
525-9302
527-0821
525-9296
525-9345
525-9297
527-5574

It’s a good thing that COMELEC came up with this kind of campaign. It will let the people get involved more in the coming election especially in reporting anomalies and irregularities of candidates during the election period.

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