Comelec polishes rules as SK, barangay set polls

September 23, 2022

The Commission on Elections vowed to come out with more stringent measures to prevent fraud such as vote buying during the Sanguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections.

This was bared by John Rex Laudiangco, Comelec spokesperson regarding the new scheme that had been used by some erring candidates who would want to gain undue advantage to ensure their victory.

Speaking at the “Broadcasters forum Online” Laudiangco mentioned some new tactics that were being employed to hide “vote buying” including one tapping the services of big numbers of registered voters to serve as their watchers where in law only two watchers for every barangay candidate for each precinct are allowed.

The second scheme is through the use of electronic or mobile money cash transfers such as GCash, Paymaya Smart Padala, Palawan express, and many more types of money transfers.

Laudiangco said that politicians use dummies and with enough evidence they should be unmasked and be charged in court.

In the absence of a law, Laudiangco continued that the poll body will come out with a directive against those engaged in “vote buying” and “vote selling.”

Task force vs rigging

There will be a united and coordinated action against vote buying, for which the Commission on Election has tapped the services of PNP, NBI and AFP along with the newly created “Task Force Kontra Bigay.”

He called on the participation of the people who have seen or witnessed vote buying to document it, have videoed and be not afraid to report it immediately to the concerned agency.

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