By Lito Rulona
The regional office of the Commission on Election (Comelec 10) reminded all local candidates to start submitting their Statement of Contribution and Expenditures (Soce) before the deadline.
Comelec 10 regional director Atty. Wilfred Jay Balisado said local candidates are given 30-days after the day of the election to submit their Soce to prevent winning candidates from disqualification.
“Gina-collect na kini karon sa Comelec because since 2007 election daghan na kami og na-penaltihan or grave violation would disqualify a winning candidate to hold office. Gimonitor na karon ang campaign expenses like media advertisements,” he said.
He said the expenses of the election would depend on the number of registered voters in their locality. Number of registered voters in each area is multiplied by P5 as the maximum expenses for each candidate.
“Dili gyud ka puwede nga molabaw anang imong targeted expenditures. Ang kuarta dili katumbas sa pagpalit og boto but on the expenses per voting materials. We admit nga medyo obsolete pa ang target because this was based on the mid-80’s election. Dili na gyud siya realistic sa karong panahuna,” he added.
Balisado reminded the local candidates that they are now closely monitoring all their activities including the alleged giving of gifts during the campaign sorties and handshaking including the election day.
Next week, no less than the Comelec central office representatives would be coming to conduct seminars on campaign expenditures.
“Pangkwenta sa Comelec nga migawas naka sa allotted money of expenditures ang Comelec ang mo-kwenta. The Comelec will be furnished with the copy of all the advertisements contracts. Dako kayo ang role sa mga media outlets,” he said.
“Administrative fines pa lamang ang na-impose ngadto sa mga local candidates since 2007 local election. Wala pa’y na-dismiss from local office,” he pointed out. (Lito Rulona)