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Explain iPad contest, poll body tells Jamby


THE Commission on Elections has ordered administration senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal to explain an online contest for a free iPad which was posted on her social network accounts.

In a two-page letter dated Feb 25, Law Department Director Esmeralda Amora-Ladra ordered Madrigal to explain why Comelec should not file an election offense case against her for possible violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

According to Ladra’s letter, Madrigal possibly violated Section 97 of the Election Code. The provision prohibits the holding of activities like dances, lotteries, cockfights, games and other performances to raise campaign funds.

The law also prohibits any person or organization to solicit or accept contribution or donation from candidates at the start of the election period up to Election Day. The election period started on Jan 13.

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