• Spending limit stays under extended campaign period

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday said it will not increase the campaign spending limit if the proposed campaign period extension will push through in the 2016 national and local elections.

    According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, a proposal to move the campaign period for national and local polls from May to January is just a way for the commission to monitor expenditures on campaign paraphernalia of the candidates at an earlier time.

    During the Comelec’s third public consultation on the Proposed Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance on Monday, Comelec Commissioner Richard Lim said the extension is aimed at thinning out candidates who start their campaigns unofficially.

    The first two public consultations were held in Cebu and Davao.

    Jimenez said they are holding the public consultations to get opinions and inputs of the public and stakeholders.

    At the moment, he added, the opinions are split on the proposal, especially on the legality of the proposed extension.

    Decision on the campaign period extension will be decided after Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista will have assessed the three public consultations.

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