VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Why is Comelec challenging the ban on ‘premature campaigning’ for Barangay and SK elections?

After three postponements, the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will finally push through in October 2023. In preparation for the balloting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Feb. 10 that it will prohibit “premature campaigning” despite a 2009 Supreme Court ruling against it.

Why is Comelec challenging the ban on “premature campaigning” for this year’s barangay and SK elections?

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Commission on Elections, Premature campaigning in effect after COC filing for BSKE – Chairman Garcia, Feb. 10, 2023

Commission on Elections, Omnibus Election Code, Dec. 3, 1985

Personal Communication, Atty. Rex Laudiangco, Feb. 20, 2023

Personal Communication, Atty. Michael Henry Yusingco, Feb. 20, 2023

Senate Electoral Tribunal, Republic Act No. 9369, Jan 23, 2007

Supreme Court of the Philippines, [ G.R. No. 181613. November 25, 2009 ], Nov. 25, 2009

Commission on Elections, Significant Highlights of the Regular Meeting of the COMELEC En Banc held on 15 February 2023, Feb. 16, 2023


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