Election candidates' airtime to now officially start ticking like time bombs
Because apparently, there is no such thing as premature campaigning.
(SPOT.ph) Candidates for the upcoming national elections better keep track of how much they’ve been spending on their campaigns, not only because they might exhaust their very, very generous "friends'" resources, but because the Commission on Elections will start monitoring their expenditures and ad airtime like a time bomb—whose detonation would be triggered as soon as they exceed what is dictated by law.
“It is the official start of the campaign period but as you know many things have been happening in the past several months [that resembles] campaigning but really the difference is the meter starts to run in respect of their expenditures,” said Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chair Andres Bautista. Aside from this, he revealed that the poll body’s campaign finance office will start monitoring all the candidates’ spending on other campaign paraphernalia.
As stated in COMELEC Resolution No. 9981, candidates and political parties for national elective posts are allowed no more than a total of 120 minutes of TV ads and 180 minutes of radio commercials, both on a per station basis, regardless of where the funding came from.
For campaign banners, posters, and other paraphernalia, the poll body encouraged the public to report illegally posted materials through social media. Violation of the said rules merits an election offense. Not only will their campaign materials be taken down, the candidate will also face a penalty of one to six years in jail, lose the right to vote, and be disqualified from public office.