The start of the campaign period will officially start on February 12, 2013 (at least for for senator and party-list) and with more than 18k elective posts at stake, Comelec will use the power of social media and it’s users to report any candidate who will not follow the “FAIR ELECTION ACT” or the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9006.
via Philippine Daily Inquirer:
“They can tweet us the pictures… The whole idea here is to get the public to report violations. Basically, this is social media versus guns, goons, and gold. That’s the philosophy we’re working on,” Jimenez said in an interview.
COMELEC have 35 committee members and will be monitoring complains from anywhere in the country. Jimenez also said that the user can file the complaint or the COMELEC can initiates the case against the candidates.
It’s great to see that COMELEC will be using the social media to monitor any candidate who will violate the “FAIR ELECTION ACT” and that they’re proactive in filing case. Though like in the past election, it remains to be seen if action will indeed be taken once a complain have been tweeted and how will they handle the complains once campaign period in the next 24 hours.
Currently COMELEC’s Twitter handle current have 2,745 twitter follower which is a far cry from the 9.5 Million twitter users in the Philippines and that was last Aug 2012.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Last modified: February 11, 2013