MANILA – To give the candidates more time for exposure, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to allow early campaigning in the 2016 polls.
“We are thinking of starting the election campaign as early as October next year, when candidates file their certificates of candidacy,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters yesterday.
The statement was made following the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) declaration of a Comelec resolution limiting the airtime for political propaganda as unconstitutional.
“That ruling will benefit the rich candidates to the prejudice of poor aspirants. We will continue to ensure a level playing field,” he said.
“We will have to come up with a new resolution on allowable radio and television time for candidates and their political advertisements. We will have to follow the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in the ruling,” he added.