Dos and Don’ts for Political Campaigns: 2013 Midterm Elections

Dos

  1. Election propaganda, whether on television or cable television, radio, newspaper or any medium, is allowed for all parties and for all bona fide candidates seeking national and local elective positions subject to the limitation on authorized expenses of candidates and parties, observation of truth in advertising, and to the supervision and regulation of the Commission on Elections as provided in Sec. 6.
  2. Parties and candidates are encouraged to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials.
  3. All political advertisements or any election propaganda by television, radio or internet for or against a candidate or group of candidates must be identified by the true and correct name and address of the payor.
  4. Any person seeking authority to use other forms of election propaganda not covered by those enumerated in Sec. 6 of Resolution No. 9615 and not prohibited by law may file with the Commission, through the Clerk of the Commission.
  5. All parties and bona fide candidates shall have equal access to media time and space for election propaganda during the campaign period subject to the requirements and limitation under Sec. 9.
  6. All members of the news media, television, radio, print, or online shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts or distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis.
  7. Postering is allowed in common poster areas that are temporarily set up by candidates or political parties for the exclusive purpose of displaying their campaign posters.
  8. Rallies, Meetings, and other political activities are subject to the requirements of local ordinances on the issuance of permits.
  9. Mass Media Columnist, Announcer or Personality Running for Public Office or is a Campaign volunteer for or employed or retained in any capacity by any candidate or party shall resign, if so required by their employer, or shall take a leave of absence from work during the campaign period.

Don’ts

  1. It is unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or a candidate, or for any political party, or association of persons to engage in an election campaign or partisan political activity on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, eve of Election Day, and on Election Day.
  2. Parties and candidates are prohibited in using hazardous chemicals and substances in the production of their campaigns and election propaganda.
  3. It is unlawful for any foreigner, whether juridical or natural person, to aid any candidate, or political party, organization or coalition, directly or indirectly, or to take part in, or influence in any manner, any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity.
  4. No franchise or permit to operate a radio or television station shall be granted or issued, suspended or cancelled during the election period.
  5. Postering in common area does not refer to a post, a tree, the wall of a building or an existing public structure that is in active use.
  6. During the campaign period, it is unlawful for any person to remove, destroy, obliterate in any manner, deface or tamper, or prevent the distribution of any lawful election propaganda.
  7. It is unlawful for any candidate, party or any person to give or accept, free of charge, directly or indirectly, transportation, food and drinks, or anything of value during and within five (5) hours before or after a public meeting.

Reference: Resolution No. 9615

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