Comelec still powerless vs premature campaigning

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.

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