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Campaign Policy I.

Campaign Period a. The processing and approval of campaign paraphernalia will begin on January 21, 2014. However, candidates can only begin campaigning on January 28, 2014, the start of the Campaign Period. b. As stated, the Campaign Period will begin on January 28, 2014, and only then can approved campaign paraphernalia be released and distributed. The Campaign Period will end on February 11, 2014. c. Candidates shall be held responsible for removing all their campaign paraphernalia 1 once the Campaign Period ends. To give the candidates ample time, the deadline for removing all campaign paraphernalia will be at 9:00 AM of the first day of elections (February 12, 2014). Internet campaigning2 and text messaging shall also be prohibited during the election period. All violations of this policy will be sanctioned accordingly.

II.

Campaign Guidelines a. Only those with official COMELEC Stamp/Sticker can be posted or distributed. b. Giveaways such as shirts, button pins, caps, lanyards/Id lace, notebooks, bookmarks, stickers, magnets, ballers, and the like are not allowed for campaign purposes. Candidates and their supporters are likewise prohibited from wearing or using such items bearing coalitions’ or candidates’ names and/or the positions they are running for, slogans, or any print that may be construed as campaign related. c. Any campaign using mass media (i.e. television, radio, newspapers) is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy shall be sanctioned accordingly. d. The use of OSA Public Announcement (PA) System is NOT allowed. e. Party/Coalition names and Party logos should only be seen in approved campaign paraphernalia unless approved under non-traditional campaign.

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Campaign paraphernalia include, but are not limited to, posters, teasers, streamers and banners posted on campus, as well as body tags worn by supporters. 2 Internet campaigning is hereby defined as sharing video clips, posting or entering as one’s status endorsements of candidates, as well as having campaign materials and/or identifiable parts of campaign materials as profile pictures and/or cover photos, Therefore, once election proper starts, individual profile pictures and/or cover photos should have been changed, video clips should have been made inaccessible, and fan pages should have no activity whatsoever (no additional posts, no changing of pictures, and no other acts that allow the fan page to go up the news feed.) Deletion of previous posts is not necessary.


f. The OSA and DSWS’s rules for posting of promotional materials shall be strictly followed. Any consequent proceedings arising from the violation of any of these rules shall fall under the jurisdiction of the COMELEC. g. For the replacement of already posted campaign materials, the replacements must undergo the same procedure for approval as those materials to be replaced. All materials to be replaced have to be presented to the COMELEC office before the new materials are approved. Take note that the replacement materials should still be within the specified quantity ceilings. A. Tangible Campaign Paraphernalia (Body Tags, Banners, Posters, Streamers, Teasers) 1. Reminders All Tangible Campaign Paraphernalia should contain all election dates and poll stations. The Commission shall not approve any and all materials that would fail to comply with this condition. a. Banners and Streamers i. Should be used strictly for the promotion of the whole coalition or party. ii. Use Nylon Strings only in putting up the banners and/or streamers. iii. Available lampposts, for banners, are limited. Therefore choosing of lampposts shall be on a first-come-first served basis. b. Body Tags i. Body tags containing other coalitions’ or other parties’ name and members are also prohibited. ii. Metal, Cloth, and sticker Body Tags are not allowed. iii. Laminated body tags are allowed but the lamination is included in the size requirement of body tags. c. Posters and Teasers i. Posters and Teasers containing other coalitions’ or other parties’ name and members are also prohibited. ii. Candidates and accredited political parties may replace teasers already posted provided that the quantity ceiling is still observed and approved by Ateneo COMELEC. iii. Cloth, illustration boards, and plastic materials to be used as posters and/or teasers are not allowed. iv. It is the candidates’ responsibility to seek permission from people concerned when posting on org boards.


2. Quantity Ceilings and Dimensions Campaign Paraphernalia

For Who

Banners

President, VicePresident, Secretary-General, and Finance Officer

1

Coalitions

1

Accredited Political Parties

2

President, VicePresident, Secretary-General, and Finance Officer

360

School Chairperson and SecretaryTreasurer

200

EO and CB Reps

80

Course Reps

40

Block Reps

20

Accredited Political Parties

120

President, VicePresident, Secretary-General, and Finance Officer

12

School Chairperson and SecretaryTreasurer

4

Body Tags

Posters

Quantity Ceilings

Allowable Sizes

3 feet x 7 feet

2 – 4.5 inches x 2 – 4.5 inches

2 – 4.5 inches x 2 – 4.5 inches

11 inches x 17 inches


Accredited Political Parties

8

Streamers

Accredited Political Parties

1

Teasers

President, VicePresident, Secretary-General, and Finance Officer

28

School Chairperson and SecretaryTreasurer

8

EO and CB Reps

8

Accredited Political Parties

16

3 feet x 6 feet

8.5 inches by 11 inches

3. Procedure a. Declare the Campaign Plan and Proposal Form in this link: http://bit.ly/2014GenElCampaignProposal Expect to receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If no reply has been received, kindly email the commission: officialateneocomelec@gmail.com. b. Upon approval of the campaign plan and proposal form, you may produce the tangible campaign paraphernalia. c. Submit produced campaign paraphernalia for final approval and stamping d. Claim them 24 hours after submission. If unclaimed after another 24 hours, the Commission reserves the right to dispose of them. NOTE: For Banners and Streamers, reserve lampposts and grilles through Ateneo COMELEC upon claiming. For Posters, submit completed DSWS poster approval form together with the paraphernalia.


B. Non Tangible Campaign Paraphernalia 1. Reminders a. Proper decorum should be observed at all times. And complaints regarding all forms of non tangible campaign paraphernalia shall be immediately looked into and acted upon decisively by the COMELEC. 2. Paraphernalia Paraphernalia Email, IM, SMS

Classroom-to Classroom Campaigning

Mass Action

Reminders 1. Each candidate, political party and coalition is allowed to send electronic messages, such as emails, for the duration of the campaign period. 2. Email, IM, SMS should contain all election dates and poll stations. Submitted plans and scripts would not be approved if candidates fail to comply with this condition. 3. There is no limit as to how many messages will be sent. 4. The Ateneo COMELEC recognizes the fact that the efficient monitoring of online messages and text messages to be used for campaign purposes is highly unworkable. It is for this reason that the candidates are required to clearly relay to their supporters all campaign policies, especially policies for email and text campaigns, to ensure that the campaign period will run smoothly for everyone.

1. ALL campaign paraphernalia, both traditional and nontraditional, should include all election dates and poll stations. Candidates who fail to comply with this condition shall be sanctioned accordingly. 2. Classroom-to-classroom campaigns will be randomly monitored by COMELEC representatives. 3. Make your own personal arrangements with the teachers in whose classes you want to campaign.

1. Candidates, accredited political parties and coalitions are responsible for seeking permission to hold mass actions from concerned offices. 2. Approved documents should be submitted to the


Commission at least 48 hours before the planned mass action. 3. All mass actions will be supervised by a COMELEC Commissioner or any official COMELEC representative. 4. The COMELEC representative supervising the mass action may stop the mass action in cases of any inappropriate action as he or she deems fit.

Video Campaigning

1. Video Campaigning is only for accredited political parties, coalitions, and candidates running for the top 4 positions. Other individual candidates are prohibited from making video campaigns. 2. Videos should contain all election dates and poll stations. The Commission shall not approve videos that would fail to comply with this condition. 3. Videos should only be 30 seconds – 1 minute long. Anything longer will not be approved by the Commission. 4. All Videos should be put down at the end of the Campaign Period.

3. Procedures a. Declare plans and scripts of any of the non tangible campaign paraphernalia in the online Campaign Plan and Proposal Form in this link: http://bit.ly/2014GenElCampaignProposal Expect to receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If no reply has been received, kindly email the commission: officialateneocomelec@gmail.com. C. Endorsements 1. Reminders a. Endorsements are official statements to “endorse” candidates on behalf or as an officer of an organization. b. Individual elected members of the Sanggunian may endorse candidates and/or political parties within their capacity as individual officers of the Sanggunian. They may NOT endorse candidates on behalf of the entire Sanggunian.


c. Any organization recognized by COA may endorse a party or candidate to the Sanggunian. d. Sanggunian officers who are also running in the 2014 General Elections cannot endorse other candidates in their capacity as officers of the Sanggunian. e. Presidents of auxiliary bodies like COA, ARSA, DLSD, and DSWS, as well as the auxiliary bodies themselves, are not allowed to endorse candidates in their official capacities as heads of Sanggunian bodies. f. Coalitions are not allowed to seek endorsements.

2. Type of Endorsements a. Banners, Body Tags, Posters, Streamers, and or Teasers. The body tags, posters, and teasers will be considered as part of and included in the count of campaign materials of the candidate or any accredited party. Therefore, the campaign materials should be in accordance with the requirements stated in this manual. Endorsement campaign materials should be submitted to the COMELEC for approval. b. Mass Actions. Endorsing organizations may sponsor mass actions for the candidate or political party. These mass actions must be in accordance with the requirements stated in this manual. Mass actions should not coincide with any of the sponsoring organization’s special events or projects like movie premiers, concerts, org weeks, bazaars, and the like. c. Campaign Videos. Endorsing organizations may sponsor or create campaign videos for a candidate or political party. These videos must be in accordance with the requirements stated in this manual. Campaign videos should not be shown/screened at any of the sponsoring organization’s special events or projects like movie premiers, concerts, org weeks, bazaars, and the like. Endorsement campaign videos should be submitted to COMELEC for approval. 3. Procedures a. Fill up Endorsement Form (Form 9) for endorsements. b. Submit the form to Ateneo COMELEC through email (officialateneocomelec@gmail.com) at least twenty-four (24) hours before any endorsement.


c. Submit everything else required to COMELEC for the corresponding type of endorsement. D. Non-Traditional Campaign Paraphernalia 1. Reminders a. Any individual candidate or political parties can apply for nontraditional campaign paraphernalia. Coalitions are prohibited from applying such paraphernalia. b. All campaign paraphernalia should contain all election dates and poll stations. Submitted plans and scripts would not be approved if candidates fail to comply with this condition. c. Non-traditional campaign paraphernalia are subject to the approval of COMELEC. 2. Procedures a. Declare plans, nature and description of campaign in the third page of the online Campaign Plan and Proposal Form in this link: http://bit.ly/2014GenElCampaignProposal Expect to receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If no reply has been received, kindly email the commission: officialateneocomelec@gmail.com.

III.

Campaigning for Political Parties and Coalitions a. Political Parties  Candidates from the same party can share campaign materials. Any and all materials that shall be counted towards a particular candidate’s allowable number should be signed by the candidate. b. Coalitions  Aside from having the privilege to post 1 banner, coalitions shall not be allowed to release additional materials. However, coalition members are allowed to campaign with each other, share campaign materials, and platforms. Shared campaign materials shall be counted against the quantity ceiling of a particular member of the coalition.

IV.

Confiscated Campaign Paraphernalia

* NOTE: All tangible campaign paraphernalia must be removed by 9:00 AM of the first day of elections (February 12, 2014).


Sanctions for confiscated campaign paraphernalia will be as follows: a. Posters & Teasers: Minor Violation will be given if at least one is confiscated, but will turn into a major violation if the number of confiscated posters reaches 50% of quantity ceiling. b. Banner and Streamers: Minor Violation c. Body Tags: Minor Violation will be given if the number of confiscated body tags reaches 20% of the quantity ceiling, but will turn into a major violation if it reaches 50%. Election Proper I.

II.

Candidates are strictly prohibited from campaigning, especially within the vicinity of the voting area. They are requested not to stay near the area except when casting votes. The designated COMELEC representatives have the authority to request candidates who show inappropriate behavior to leave the area. Other than voters casting votes, only authorized people may stay at the voting areas. These people include COMELEC Commissioners, Associate Commissioners, poll officers on duty, and authorized Student Judicial Court Representative.

Candidate Responsibility and Culpability I. Candidates’ Responsibility Towards Their Supporters Candidates must attempt to control their supporters and ensure that their supporters are aware of the campaign rules set by the Commission. Violations shall lead to the sanctioning of the candidate, party, or coalition. II. Party Chairperson’s Responsibility Towards Party Members The party Chairperson or members of the Board of any party shall be held responsible for the actions of their party members during the campaign period. Sanctions against the party as a whole and/or individual candidates shall be enforced as the COMELEC Commissioners deem fit. III. Sanctions Pursuant to Article 6 Section 4 of the 2012 Amended Electoral Code, the following sanctions shall be given to violating candidates, parties or coalitions: a. Sanctions for individual candidates may be in the form of:  Cutting the allowed number of campaign materials  Cutting of quantity ceiling


 Public announcement concerning the violation  Written Public Apology  Disqualification  Hold Order  Other sanctions as COMELEC sees fit b. Sanctions for political parties may be in the form of:  Taking away of the privilege of campaign material sharing  Cutting the allowed number of campaign materials  Cutting of quantity ceiling  Public announcement concerning the violation  Written Public Apology  Cancellation of Accreditation  Other sanctions as COMELEC sees fit c. Sanctions for coalitions may be in the form of:  Cutting the allowed number of campaign materials or quantity ceiling  Public announcement concerning the violation  Public Apology  Other sanctions as COMELEC sees fit IV.

Complaints, Inquiries, Appeals and Protests a. Complaints, inquiries, appeals or protests must be directed to the COMELEC in an official letter submitted in triplicate form or filed to the official COMELEC email (Refer to Article 6, Section 5 of Amended Electoral Code of 2012 for further details regarding this b. All necessary evidence for complaints shall be provided by the individual, party, or coalition forwarding the complaint, inquiry, appeal, or protest. c. Immediate decision and action shall be taken by the COMELEC only with properly filed complaints, inquiries, appeals, or protests within seventy-two (72) hours.

V.

Appeals to the Student Judicial Court a. The Student Judicial Court holds appellate jurisdiction over matters involving constitutionally, legality, or jurisdiction of acts, policies, resolutions, and decisions of the COMELEC. b. Matters previously ruled by the COMELEC may be appealed to the Student Judicial Court. The Student Judicial Court will make a decision only with properly filed appeals within forty-eight (48) hours. While


cases are still pending with the Judicial Council, the decisions of COMELEC still hold. c. The Student Judicial Court holds original jurisdiction over cases directly filed against COMELEC Commissioners.

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