Comelec thumbs down ‘selfies’ after voting-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) bucked the growing trend of taking “selfies” saying such actions in Monday’s barangay elections is a definite no-no.
In an interview, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said there are strict limitations in making “selfies," especially once inside the polling precincts.
“It is legal to take a picture of your ballots or even you having a selfie in front of the Board of Election Tellers (BETs). But not when you do it with your filled up ballots,” said Jimenez.
Selfie is a term used to describe a photo that is taken of oneself usually for the purpose of uploading it to social networking sites and image-sharing websites.
He noted how election laws prohibited making any form of copy of filled-up ballots.
“Once a ballot has been filled up, it has to go straight to the ballot boxes. It would be no different in using carbon papers in voting,” said Jimenez.
Section 27 of Comelec Resolution 9751 states that: “It is prohibited to use carbon paper, paraffin paper or other means of making a copy of the contents of the ballot, or otherwise make use of any other scheme to identify his vote, including the use of digital cameras, cellular phones with camera or similar gadgets”.
Aside from limiting selfie-taking, the Comelec reminded the public that they would need to go “old school” in voting for the barangay polls as the manual system of voting is set to be utilized.
“There is no shading to be done here. This will be writing the names of the candidates,” said Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes.
He also said it would be better if the names of the candidates will be written in full instead of just the first name or the last name.
“Preferably, since we noticed in the Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) that there are many similar family names, the names to be written would have the first names also. This is important so as not to have their votes considered ‘stray’,” said Brillantes.
To be voted in Monday’s elections are one barangay chairman and seven barangay kagawads only. (HDT/Sunnex)