City Comelec nixes issuing order re: Adelante slogan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:21

District 1 Election Registrar Atty. Alvin Lim yesterday rebuffed issuing directives concerning Adelante Zamboanga inscriptions in some school buildings for various reasons, foremost of which is that the campaign period for local candidates has not yet started.

Besides, Lim said, in cases of violations of election rules such as removal of posters or ads, the Comelec will have to formally notify the party or candidate concerned and not merely to issue verbal statements.

The City election official issued the statements in reaction to the story “Comelec tells city gov’t to repaint school roofs  bearing “Adelante Zamboanga” bannered in one local daily newspaper yesterday insinuating violations of the election rules.

The story insinuated that ‘Adelante Zamboanga’, which has been the present administration’s slogan for many years  now, is not compliant with election rules as it refers to the Adelante Zamboanga political party.

“In the first place, we didn’t issue notices [about any violations] as of now because we are not yet in the campaign period,” Lim stressed, lamenting the fact that he was misquoted.

He continued: “And if ever there is any violation, we have to notify the party or candidate concerned by sending written notices informing of the need for corrections”.

Campaign period for local candidates will start March 29 and end on May 12 while Feb. 12-May 12 is the campaign period for national candidates.

Nevertheless, the election registrar acknowledged that the Adelante Zamboanga inscriptions in roofs of school buildings have been in existence for several years now, even before the creation of the Adelante Zamboanga party as well as the 2010 local and national elections.

‘Adelante Zamboanga’, is chabacano for moving forward Zamboanga. It forms part of the City Government’s vision and development strategy. It is inscribed in major school building projects to highlight the city’s contribution to the education sector. — Sheila Covarrubias