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Submission of statements of contributions, expenditures, a must - Comelec
By: Danilo E. Doguiles
Monday 21st of January 2013
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will require candidates to submit their statements of contributions and expenditures for the 2013 Elections.

Lawyer Jay Gerada, election supervisor of South Cotabato said this new approach is being implemented by the Commission to resolve issues on campaigning prior to the designated campaign period.

“The Comelec changed strategy with respect to the approach on premature campaigning,” Gerada said. “What the commission will do is to look on the expenses of the candidates.”

Gerada was referring to Rule 8 of Comelec Resolution No. 9476, “Rules and Regulations Governing Campaign Finance and Disclosure," in connection with the 2013 elections as promulgated on June 22, 2012.

It cites that filing of statements of contributions and expenditures should not be later than five days after the conduct of the elections, and should include all the required information and attachments.

Statements that do not conform to the prescribed form will be considered as not filed and will be subjected to the penalties prescribed by law.

“With respect to radio airtime, no guidelines are yet released but they must submit contract with the broadcasting corporation,” the election supervisor explained.

Gerada also told local media practitioners in a press conference last week that they will gather local candidates in a forum to discuss and clarify the election policies.

The election official also clarified that tarpaulins set up by politicians greeting locals during the holiday season and recently during Koronadal City’s Hinugyaw Festival do not constitute premature campaigning.

He explained further that tarpaulins, billboards, as well as radio plugs and other information materials of political candidates cannot be considered premature campaigning unless these explicitly solicit for votes.

Per Comelec Resolution Resolution 9385 senatorial candidates as well as party-list group are allowed to campaign starting February 12.

Candidates for congressional seats as well as elective regional, provincial, city, and municipal seat will begin campaigning on March 29.

Hiring, creation, or filling up of new positions, promotion or giving of salary increases, remunerations or privileges are also prohibited beginning March 29. (DED/VGBacarat/MMFontanilla-PIA12)
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