THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wants to regulate political motorcades and rallies during the campaign period for the 2016 elections that start on February 9.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos on Friday said campaign rallies, motorcades and miting de avance (kickoff meetings with the electorate) may affect traffic in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR).
Thus, Carlos added, they have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow them to regulate use of major roads during campaign period.
He said he had already talked to Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista about the matter.
Bautista, according to Carlos, responded positively.
The MMDA chief also wants political parties or candidates to get a permit from the agency before they can be allowed to hold motorcades and campaign rallies.
Carlos clarified that it is not prohibited to conduct campaign rallies on major roads especially along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
He, however, said they should be informed in advance for them to prepare necessary traffic arrangements.
“We are proposing this so that we can at least give an advisory to motorists that a certain rally, motorcade or miting de avance will take place in a specific area,” Carlos told reporters.
The campaign period for national positions will start on Tuesday and on March 26 for local posts.