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Voters urged by Comelec to start getting to know candidates, poll process

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

With only 59 days before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged voters to start familiarizing themselves with the candidates and the ballot.

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN(

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez
(ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN(

“It’s important for one to start the process of choosing and screening of candidates. Know their stand on different issues as well as what you want to see from them in terms of service,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a television interview Friday.

“You may visit our website to check the official ballot for you to also know the candidates running in your area,” he added.

“One of the fake news that has been circulating is the use of the strategy that there is only one candidate running in a certain post. You can verify that in our website,” said Jimenez.

It was last month when the poll body posted the ballot face templates at their official website to help familiarize voters with the ballot.

“We want the public to be able to see the ballots for themselves, ahead of time,” Jimenez said at that time.

“This will allow them more opportunities to study their options and to familiarize themselves with the ballot itself,” he added.

The Comelec posted the ballot face templates, which are divided into their respective regions, provinces, and towns/cities, weeks after it released the certified list of candidates for senator and partylist in the upcoming polls.

On Wednesday, the poll body announced that more than 28 million ballots have already been printed out of the nearly 64 million that are set to be printed.

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