• MMDA photos of illegal campaign materials can be evidence against poll violators

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    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has photographed elections campaign materials that were posted outside designated areas, saying they could be used as evidence against poll violators.

    Francis Martinez, head of MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group (MPCG) on Sunday said they took pictures of the illegal campaign materials before removing them.

    The photographs could be used by losing candidates in filing cases against candidates who violated election laws, particularly on displaying campaign materials outside the common poster area.

    Martinez said the MMDA has collected almost 70 tons of election trash since they started the cleanup last May 15.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that the volume is lower compared to the trash that they collected during the 2010 elections.

    “This could be attributed to the increase in prices of campaign posters and tarpaulins,” he said.

    At the same time, the MMDA chief said he will propose imposition of the Election Environment Performance Bond in time for the 2016 elections.

    Under the proposal, the bond, to be posted by candidates, will automatically go to the government fund in case they failed to clean up their campaign materials after the election.

    He said the agency is spending extra funds for the cleanup.

    “Cleaning up the election mess is not covered by our budget,” Tolentino said.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

     

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