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Comelec urges pre-shading witnesses to show up


By Jeffrey Damicog 

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday urged those who have knowledge of activities involving the pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur to come forward.



Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez made the call in response to a 39-second video posted online which showed a woman shading several ballots allegedly in favor of a particular candidate.

Though the video has been deleted by the original uploader, it has since been saved and shared online.

“We encourage whoever has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint,” urged Jimenez during a press briefing.

In the meantime, he pointed out that what the video has shown is not enough for the poll body to act on it.

“Everything that we know about it comes from the accompanying caption,” the spokesman said.

“Internally, the video, there is very little that we can tell,” he added.

Jimenez explained that it was important to determine in what context the video was taken and to get the whole picture of what actually took place.

“It is very important for us to establish the provenance of the video as well as the accuracy of the place being attached to the video,” he said.

“I would caution everyone against jumping into conclusions,” he warned.

On the other hand, the spokesman assured that the poll body is not dismissing it as fake and will look into the allegations.

“Magre-request kami ng (We will make a request for) assistance from Facebook and perhaps refer it to the appropriate authorities for forensic analysis,” he stated.

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