THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Pagadian City on Saturday warned aspirants for the forthcoming barangay elections against premature campaign. Lawyer Dinah Cagampang-Sapong, city election officer, said that they will not hesitate to disqualify any candidates who would be caught for premature or early campaign.
Sapong reiterated that the start of the campaign period is on October 18. She added that “section 80 of the Omnibus Election Code states that it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in an election campaign or partisan political activity except during the campaign period.” Earlier, Sapong urged candidates for barangay elections to file their COC early. The filing of Certificate of Candidacy starts October 11 until October 17, except October 13, which is a Sunday, Sapong said.