Powerless against premature campaigning, the Commission on Elections is not likely to go after violators in next year’s elections since Congress will not be passing a new law to give more teeth to enforcement.
Congressman Ruffy Biazon said, “Premature campaigning loopholes are really a tough one to plug. Realistically, any legislation to be pushed now will not have enough time to make it in time for the 2022 elections.”
This was his response to a query from Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on the chances of passing a law enabling the poll body to stop the perennial problem of premature campaigning.
Biazon noted a person cannot be charged with premature campaigning if he has not officially filed a certificate of candidacy because until then, the individual is not considered a candidate.
He said the only way to stop premature campaigning is to move the filing of candidacy much earlier, which the Comelec is not predisposed to do.