Comelec begs bets to clean up tons of poll garbage


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday appealed to all the candidates of the recently concluded midterm polls to have the initiative in removing their own campaign materials.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez urged the candidates—winners or losers—to be a good model and conduct clean-up operations immediately.

“With the elections over, the left over propaganda banners, streamers, and posters are now, more than ever, intolerable eyesores that need to be removed,” the poll official said.

Jimenez added that, such task is also a way for candidates to show that they care for the well-being of the public.

“These materials often pose a threat to public safety as well as to the environment. It would be a mark of the candidates’ love for the citizens they struggled so hard to represent, and proof that the public’s well-being and interest are their paramount concerns,” he said.

However, Jimenez clarified that the there’s no law requiring candidates to remove their campaign materials.

“It is not provided for by law,” he said.

On Monday, the second nationwide automated polls was held nationwide.

Over 18,000 posts were contested including 12 senators; 233 district congressmen; 58 party-list representatives; 80 provincial governors; 80 provincial vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; 11,932 municipal councilors; as well as 1 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor; 1 regional vice governor; and 24 regional assemblymen.

Johanna M. Sampan


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