Don’t use ‘Undas’ to boost image — Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates to refrain from posting campaign materials near cemeteries, where people flock to pray for their departed ones at this time.

“We all know that, those running, they do take advantage of every single social event imaginable,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez during the Tapatan forum in Manila.
Instead, Jimenez urged political aspirants to post information materials such as providing safety messages to people who go to the province.

“Instead of coming out with tarpaulins with their faces on it, why not provide messages that will help the people. Make it relevant. Make it useful,” Jimenez said.

However, he stressed that the poll body cannot do anything to prevent candidates from engaging in premature campaigning. He thus appealed for delicadeza.

Meanwhile, advocacy group Ecowaste Coalition shared the same sentiments.

The group called on politicians not to engage in political propaganda in cemeteries as some take advantage of the occasion.

They should instead to deploy volunteers who can assist in keeping cemeteries litter-free.

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