Comelec highly encourages decent campaign covenant PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 November 2018 12:07

By R.G Antonet A. Go

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is highly encouraging the entry of local lawmakers into a decent campaign covenant for the 2019 local elections.

This amid doubts by lawmakers to enter into a pact that would make them engage in a “principled, morally upright and high-ended electoral campaign.”

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, Comelec Zamboanga District 1 Election Officer, said that the signing of the covenant is not mandatory but the Comelec is highly encouraging such an agreement.

Having the document notarized transforms the covenant into a valid contract, a violation of which may be brought before any court of  law.

Recall that councilors deferred the signing of the covenant during its regular session last Tuesday after doubts surfaced on having the document notarized.

This prompted the City Council to seek the opinion of the Comelec before the signing of the covenant last week.

Councilor Miguel Alavar, who initially questioned the need for notarization, was pleased with the prompt response of the Comelec.

Councilors are reportedly eyeing the conduct of an executive session to further discuss the contents of the covenant among themselves. (RGAAGo)