Campaigners on election day to be arrested by police, COMELEC warns

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 29 (PIA)– Candidate supporters caught still campaigning during election day or distributing sample ballots and doing “generous” acts for voters especially in the vicinity of the precincts will be detained at least until the end of the voting hours, an official of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) warned.

“Giving of pamphlets or sample ballots are strictly prohibited,” said COMELEC Zamboanga City District 2 Election Officer Atty. Jan Christian Babiera. “They cannot also distribute food and water, or give any favors such as providing free transportation to the voters.”

Babiera said the police have been directed to detain these people until the end of the voting hours in a designated area.

However, the candidates for whom these people will be campaigning for will not be held liable for the actions of their supporters unless a formal complaint will be lodged against them, pending an investigation.

“We may not have assurance that the candidates themselves would have been responsible if such instances occur, unless a formal complaint has been filed. The proceedings and investigation of election-related complaints may take months,” Babiera explained.

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Meanwhile, liquor ban will be imposed on election day.

The COMELEC continues to meet with the police and military for the security preparations for the upcoming elections this May 13. Babiera said the computerized Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) have already arrived in the city.

Babiera requests voters to check and validate their precinct assignments earlier in the COMELEC offices to avoid hassles on election day. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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