Philippines

Comelec probes video of alleged pre-shading of ballots

Comelec probes video of alleged pre-shading of ballots
By Ferdinand Patinio

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The Commission on Elections on Thursday started an investigation on a video showing alleged pre-shading of ballots as it called on people who have knowledge of the video to surface and file a complaint.

In a press briefing, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that it would be better if those who have information regarding the video would come out.

“We encourage whoever has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint, if it’s the original uploader themselves so much the better,” he said.

With this, Jimenez said that they will coordinate with Facebook and the authorities for forensic analysis.

“So internally, internal to the video is very little that we can tell so magre-request kami ng (we will request) assistance from FB and perhaps refer it to the appropriate authorities for forensic analysis, pero (but) we’re not dismissing it as fake, were not ready to make that determination yet, alamin muna natin detalye ng video (let’s look first into details of the video),” he said.

“I can confirm the existence of the video but little else, if you look at the video even internally there is little to tell you who is doing the shading, ano siya sa konteksto ng halalan and so on, hindi natin alam sino nag-upload, hindi natin alam saan nanggaling (what it is in the context of elections and so on, we don’t know who uploaded it), everything that we know about it comes from the accompanying caption,” the Comelec official added.

A 39-second video showed a woman supposedly pre-shading several ballots and it had been shared multiple times online.

The supposed incident happened in Lanao del Sur, according to the post.

On Monday, the country held its fourth automated polls, which was marred by several issues, including close to a 1,000 vote counting machines that malfunctioned and over 1,600 Secure Digital (SD) cards found to be defective. (PNA)

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