2 presidential bets face disqualification
Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidates Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan Party and Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas are facing possible disqualification for allegedly having oversized campaign posters and for displaying them outside designated poster areas.
“We took pictures of the posters, dismantled and submitted them to our legal department for appropriate action,” James Jimenez, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman, said.
He said the posters were displayed along ESDA, which is not among the common poster areas designated by the Comelec.
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Gordon, Fernando on big posters: Why single us out
MANILA, Philippines — Bagumbayan presidential candidate and Senator Richard Gordon called the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “unfair” after the poll body’s spokesperson warned that Gordon and his running mate Bayani Fernando’s billboards violated the size limit on outdoor installations in the Fair Elections Act.
Gordon criticized Comelec spokesman James Jimenez for being selective in his monitoring when other presidential candidates like Manny Villar and Gilbert Teodoro have put up much bigger posters and billboards in the provinces.
Sought for comment, Fernando said presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino also put up big posters in Tarlac.
Voting populations improbably high
MANILA, Philippines—The numbers don’t add up.The Commission on Elections Comelec recently revealed that there were around 700,000 double or multiple registrants on the national voters’ list.
But poll watchdogs and a statistician said the number could be higher, citing population figures from 2007 and the Comelec’s registration numbers as of March 2009.