COMELEC set to designate
common poster areas
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
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.