Comelec-Central Visayas reminds bets vs vote buying

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Central Visayas admitted Monday, May 9, rampant vote buying before the national and local elections based on reports posted on social media.

Comelec-Central Visayas Director Dennis Ausan said they are seriously looking into vote-buying reports, stressing they received several information about sample ballots that come along with stapled cash.

He said they will file a case against candidates who will be caught buying votes, but he admitted that they are having difficulty filing charges as no witness has come forward to testify.

He said based on complaints they received, they could not identify where the vote-buying incidents happened despite some ballots bearing the name of the candidate.

Ausan said they could not also use the photos posted on social media against the candidate, as no person is willing to testify against it.

“Kung pwede sana sila mismo will participate actively in the enforcement of law, first and foremost the executing an affidavit. Give us the available evidences. Have everything documented para i-pursue natin,” he said.

He added that pushing the case without enough evidence will not work.

Ausan reminded the public that vote buying is an election offense and anyone caught doing it can be held criminally liable.

He added that people who will be caught buying votes can be arrested even without a warrant.

The Comelec-Central Visayas also warned Monday, May 9, those distributing samples ballots outside the polling centers, saying the campaign period has ended Saturday, May 7.

He said help desks near the polling centers are also not allowed to distribute sample ballots. (AYB/LMY)

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