Taking a selfie amongst your ballot? Think again, you lot mightiness terminate upward committing an election offense.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Midweek said it volition investigate cases of overseas voters who took selfies amongst their ballots.
Commissioner Arthur Lim said the poll trunk has recorded ix cases of voters taking selfies amongst ballots inwards Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Brunei, Vientienne Lao People’s Democratic Republic in addition to Madrid.
COMELEC reminds voters that they are non allowed to accept selfies amongst their ballots
Taking photographs or whatever re-create of one’s ballots is strictly prohibited past times election rules
Voters are also reminded to properly score their ballots, avoiding “no-write zones” of the paper
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded the populace that voters are non allowed to accept selfies amongst their ballots on Election Day, this coming May 9.
The poll trunk said this is inwards accordance to rules which prohibit the reproduction or making a re-create of one’s ballot. This is to ensure the protection of the vote.
“A photograph is a copy,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez explained to GMA News.
Voters are also encouraged to written report incidents of vote-buying in addition to other forms of electioneering, which the COMELEC lamented get got occurred inwards the past times in addition to are anticipated to live on repeated during the upcoming national in addition to local elections.
In addition, the poll trunk also reminded the voting populace of how to properly fill upward out the ballot based on their sense inwards the terminal 2 elections, which saw a give away of cases of rejected ballots due to improper treatment past times the voters themselves Jimenez pointed out that the improper marker of the ballot was flora to live on the most mutual occupation that emerged during the previous elections.
Thus, voters are advised non to score the so-called “no-write zones” on the ballot newspaper itself.
“Ang balota natin mayroon siyang mga no-write zones, mga parte ng balota na pag sinulatan di na bibilangin. Ituturing siyang mistaken ng makina. [Our ballots get got no-write zone, or role of the ballot that, when written on, tin give notice no longer live on counted. They would live on considered mistaken past times the machine],” he explained further.
Around ninety percentage of ballot rejections are due to voters mistakenly marker the no-write zones. Another mutual example involves ballots getting wrinkled due to careless handling.
The COMELEC, however, says that should a ballot terminate upward wrinkled, the newspaper should live on re-fed into the machine inwards 4 diöerent orientations; similar to how it is done amongst vendo machines.
The poll trunk has been intensifying its voter instruction campaign equally Election Day draws closer.