Where can candidates and party-list groups post their campaign materials?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — You know it's election time in the Philippines when you see posters of candidates all over the place.

Every elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) comes up with a list of designated poster areas. However historically, these designated places are rarely ever followed.

With the start of the campaign period just days away, the Comelec on Tuesday (February 2) signed agreements with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to manage excessive campaign materials of candidates.

According to the Fair Elections Act, candidates are allowed to erect common poster areas in public places, such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like, where they can post, display or exhibit their campaign materials.

It also indicates that for party-list groups and candidates that are affiliated with a party, the size of the common poster areas are limited to 12 ft. x 16 ft. Independent candidates are only allowed the size of 4 ft. x 6 ft.

The size of the individual posters that may be posted in each common poster area is limited to 2 ft. x 3 ft.

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Campaign materials could also be posted in private places, if there is consent from the owner, and in public places or property "which shall be allocated equitably and impartially among the candidates."

The Comelec, DPWH, and MMDA are working together to seek out candidates and party-list groups who will not follow the rules.

The poll body said it wants this year's elections to be "clean and green," that's why candidates are also prohibited from posting campaign materials on trees.

The Comelec also advised those running in the May polls to avoid the use of plastic and highly encouraged the use of recyclable materials for posters and stickers.

Shame campaign against violators

Meanwhile, the DPWH and the MMDA will carry out "Operation Baklas" to take down illegal campaign materials.

The police and the military are expected to help out as well.

The Comelec also urged the public to take part in a "shame campaign" against violators.

People who spot illegal campaign materials can take a photo and upload it on social media. The poll body will use these photos as basis for taking the materials down.

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Those found guilty of violating the rules may be charged with an election offense, which is punishable with up to six years in jail, disqualification from holding public office and deprivation of the right to vote.

CNN Philippines correspondent JC Gotinga contributed to this report.