The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental has cautioned potential candidates in the October 28 barangay polls against early campaigning.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Eddie Aba said he received reports that some people were already going around distributing campaign materials in some barangays in Dumaguete City ahead of the filing of the certificates of candidacy, that will start Oct. 11.
He said that those found guilty of premature campaigning can be sanctioned.
The campaign period is October 18 to 26, and the Comelec has designated the poster areas for those running in the poll.
Filing of COCs is from October 11-17, except on October 13, that falls on a Sunday. The Comelec offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these dates, Aba said.
He said he hopes the election in Negros Oriental will not be hampered by any hitches.
He said ballot boxes are to be inspected, emptied and prepared for use during the barangay polls. The election paraphernalia, like the accountable forms, official ballots and election return forms, are expected to arrive in the province October 23.
Comelec records show that there are more than 800,000 registered voters in Negros Oriental, and Aba said he expects a big turnout because the election is held at the local level.*JFP
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