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Comelec reminds bets against campaigning on Holy Week

Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates Friday against campaigning during the Holy Week.

Comelec Resolution 8758 that outlines rules for fair elections practices states that “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 on election campaign or partisan political activity on Maundy Thursday, April 1 and Good Friday, April 2,” said spokesman James Jimenez.

“Give yourselves [candidates] a break and make use of the Holy Week to reflect and ponder on all the promises you dished out during the campaign period and on how you intend to do them should you get elected in May,” he said.

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Comelec asked to take control of Masbate, Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines – A poll watchdog body on Friday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to put the provinces of Masbate and Maguindanao under its control following a spate of election-related violence there.

The Consortium for Electoral Reforms (CER) said the presence of communist guerrillas and the proliferation of warlords, private armies, and intense political rivalries in Maguindanao and Masbate were threatening the conduct of peaceful and credible elections there.

Through its initiative called Vote Peace, the CER said it has monitored 39 incidents of election-related violence nationwide during the January-March 25, 2010 period.

“Nearly every incident has fatality and most of these are election candidates, campaign operators, and security aides of candidates,” the Vote Peace report said.

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