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Election Campaign

August 12, 2009

I was browsing through the omnibus election code. I was particularly interested in one of the sections related to election Campaign.

Sec. 80. Election campaign or partisan political activity outside campaign period. – It shall be unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or candidate, or for any party, or association of persons, to engage in an election campaign or partisan political activity except during the campaign period: Provided, That political parties may hold political conventions or meetings to nominate their official candidates within thirty days before the commencement of the campaign period and forty-five days for Presidential and Vice-Presidential election.

And the law specifically states that the following acts means campaigning:

  1. Forming organizations, associations, clubs, committees or other groups of persons for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any campaign for or against a candidate;
  2. Holding political caucuses, conferences, meetings, rallies, parades, or other similar assemblies, for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any campaign or propaganda for or against a candidate;

  3. Making speeches, announcements or commentaries, or holding interviews for or against the election of any candidate for public office;

  4. Publishing or distributing campaign literature or materials designed to support or oppose the election of any candidate; or

  5. Directly or indirectly soliciting votes, pledges or support for or against a candidate.

So, this means that what most of candidates are doing now is a clear violation of the election law. Simple question: Why is the comelec not implementing the law?

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