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COMELEC set to designate common poster areas

By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA Samar)
February 26, 2007

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  To regulate the placement of posters of candidates for the forthcoming May 2007 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to designate common poster areas next week.

Samar’s Acting Provincial Comelec Supervisor Salvador Cruz, in a radio interview, Thursday afternoon said he has already directed his municipal Comelec officers to evaluate portions of their towns that can be designated as common poster areas so that the placing of campaign posters will be orderly.

Cruz said this is to respond to the complaints of the residents, especially those living in the capital town, that posting of campaign materials has to be regulated this early to avoid similar cases in the previous elections where campaign posters and streamers were posted or hanged everywhere, electric posts and trees not spared.

The Comelec official vowed to come up with lists of common poster areas next week to anticipate for the full blast of election campaign which is expected to take place next month.

Earlier, residents aired their apprehensions that, with the onset of the election campaign season, campaign materials will begin to sprout everywhere that can again tarnish the image of the town which is in the process of being granted a city status after it will be approved by the people in a referendum.

Residents viewed any filthiness resulting from the unregulated posting of campaign materials as untimely as this is supposed to be the time when the town has to change its image since the granting of a city status is inevitable.

Cruz, however, informed his office will coordinate closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies deputized by the Comelec to ensure that this year’s elections will be peaceful and orderly.