Friday, February 12, 2010

COMELEC's Fair Election Act Sec. 6.6

The campaign period already started and the heat is getting hotter and hotter as politicians do their traditional campaigning of mud-slinging and self-extol. Adding up in the muddled picture of Philippine politics are some rules and regulations of the Commission on Elections or COMELEC specifically the Fair Election Act or Republic Act 9006 Section 6.6 which states that:

"Any mass media columnist, commentator, announcer, reporter, on-air correspondent or personality who is a candidate for any elective public office or is a campaign volunteer for or employed or retained in any capacity by any candidate or political party shall be deemed resigned, if so required by their employer, or shall take a leave of absence from his/her work as such during the campaign period."

Filipinos especially the voters must politically mature in discerning candidates and casting their votes righteously. No political advertisements, celebrities or other influential personalities must take control over them in deciding who to vote for. COMELEC must not be concerned on what these celebrities can do for the candidates. They must focus more in the coming automated elections to make it a clean, honest and successful one. This is the first automated elections in the country and people need more awareness about it and it is where the COMELEC must concentrate their efforts.


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