The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced that the campaign period for the twin plebiscites in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province will begin on Feb. 25.
The March 18 plebiscites will decide the proposed creation of Barangay Boganga II and Barangay Datu Dalidigan.
The information and campaign period will be until March 16, during which it is prohibited to remove, destroy, deface and tamper lawful plebiscite propaganda materials.
From Feb. 15 to March 21, the firearms ban will be in effect, along with reshuffle of government personnel. Suspension of local elective officials and release of prisoners are also prohibited during this period.
On plebiscite day itself, selling, buying, serving and drinking intoxicating liquor will not be allowed.
Polling precincts are open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The canvassing of votes by the Municipal Plebiscite Board of Canvassers will start at 5 p.m., to be followed by the proclamation of results.
The plebiscite will create Barangay Boganga II from the original Barangay Boganga while Barangay Datu Dalidigan will be established out of Barangay of Sagonsongan.
Meanwhile, the automated election system (AES) to be used in the Feb. 25 special polls in the 7th Legislative District of Cavite has been certified by the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC).
The Comelec said the TEC certified the AES is operating “properly, securely, and accurately.”
The source code will be the same one used in the May 2022 national and local elections.
“The Committee no longer found it necessary to require a separate set of documents and results,” read the Comelec statement.
The special poll will elect the new representative of the 7th District after it was vacated by Jesus Crispin Remulla when he was appointed as Department of Justice Secretary.