By Leslie Ann Aquino
Although the campaign period for local candidates already started Friday, the Commission on Elections said it has yet to receive any complaint related to the campaign activities of local bets.
“The feedback is good in the sense that there is no complaint yet regarding congested streets or the early morning campaigning activity,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview.
“It’s just the first day and let’s face it they have been campaigning since they filed their certificates of candidacy. We don’t really expect that there will be such a big difference between now and then,” he added.
However, Jimenez said they noticed an increase in the number of social media posts of local candidates.
“The biggest noticeable difference is that many posted pictures on Facebook to campaign,” he said.
“You’ll see that some are of nominal value…so that’s probably not going to be an issue in terms of reporting,” added Jimenez.
“We have not yet seen in their pages indications of posts being boosted. We expect that will come soon and certainly we will catch them when we review all of the political ads that were put out during this period,” he said.
Meanwhile, since tension is usually higher in the local race, the poll body called on candidates to keep their supporters under control.
“We would like to ask our candidates to exercise strict control over their supporters so that they won’t be too rowdy,” said Jimenez.
“As everyone knows, local elections are a little more volatile, more hard fought than national level contests because of the proximity of the contending parties,” he noted.
“It becomes a lot easier for people to lose their cool and therefore the campaign do get more unruly,” furthered Jimenez. #MatalinongBoto2019