Liquor Ban Up on Oct. 27 – 28 in preparation for Barangay Elections!

Commission on Elections (Comelec) imposes a two day liquor ban in connection with the up-coming barangay elections which will take place on Monday,October 28!

The liquor ban will officially start tomorrow, October 27 at exactly 12:01 a.m.

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Tweeted the following:

“Please note that the ELECTION LIQUOR BAN starts 12:01 a.m. of October 27 and will stay in place until October 28, 2013”

One of the provisions under Section 261 (Prohibited Acts) of the Omnibus Election Code states that: “Any person who sells, furnishes, offers, buys, serves or takes intoxicating liquor on the days fixed by law for the registration of voters in the polling place, or on the day before the election or on election day.”

However, it added: “Hotels and other establishments duly certified by the Ministry of Tourism as tourist oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted for justifiable reasons upon prior authority of the Commission.”

Aside from selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor, other prohibited acts in the eve of election are “giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value” and campaigning.

The Comelec said these acts are prohibited until Election Day, October 28.

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