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ego1911
06-18-2007, 19:32
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Election period ends today, says Abalos



By E. T. SUAREZ

The gun ban and the prohibitions on the suspension of local officials and the transfer of officers and employees in the civil service are lifted tomorrow with the end today of the election period for the May 14, 2007, elections.


The Commission on Elections (Comelec), led by Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos, Sr., said the election period for this year’s polls covers from Jan. 13 to June 13, 2007.

"While the election period was in full force and effect, it was strictly prohibited to bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including building, street, park, private vehicle or conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Comelec," Abalos said.

Abalos said the gun ban is imposed during the election period to ensure the holding of clean, honest, peaceful and credible elections, and to prevent violence and bloodshed among political rivals and their supporters.

He said those who were caught violating the gun ban are being prosecuted in various courts of the land, stressing that the violation of the prohibition on the carrying of firearms is an election offense punishable with imprisonment of not less than one year but no more than six years and shall not be subject to probation.

"In addition, the guilty party shall be sentenced to suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage," Abalos said.

On the lifting of the prohibition on the suspension of local officials, Abalos said the suspension can now be effected by the proper government office without prior approval of the Comelec.

The requirement that there must be prior approval of the Comelec before the suspension could be effected did not apply to the suspension for purposes of applying the provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The prohibition against the appointment or hiring of new employees or giving salary increases is also lifted with the end of the election period, it was pointed out.

(June 13, 2007, Manila Bulletin)

chowchow
06-19-2007, 00:03
Load and lock na kayo mga pare.