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Comelec braces for barrage of fake news as overseas voting begins

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for the possible deluge of fake news now that the month-long overseas voting has already started.

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN(

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez
(ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN(

“We are on the lookout for efforts like that,” said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez in an interview.

He cited what happened in the 2016 overseas voting when a voter made claims that what was printed in his voter receipt were not the ones he voted for.

“The person who complained used a ballpen in voting for a particular position and then used marker for the other. When the voter receipt came out, the vote marked with ballpen obviously was not read by the vote counting machine,” said Jimenez.

“That video was uploaded within the first day. That basically set the tone for the attack on the integrity of the election system,” he added.

Jimenez said another strategy that was employed in the previous polls was the spread of information that voting was already done and counted, and that this and that candidate already won.

“That is what we are watching out for,” he said.

Due to this, Jimenez said they were appealing to the public to inform the agency if they see or hear such form of fake news so that it can correct it.

“We call on the public to forward to us any such news or information that they would encounter to the Comelec so that we can quickly find the truth and correct such claims,” he said.

The voting for overseas voting started April 13 and will end on May 13. #MatalinongBoto2019

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