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Apr 28, 2016
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With just over a week left before the elections, the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) revealed that politicians’ vote buying practices are now evolving and becoming more sophisticated.

NAMFREL Secretary General Eric Alvia told GMA News that the shift allows vote buyers to be relevant to the voting public especially since giving out cash is highly prohibited.

Marami ngayong pamamaraan ng enticement or even vote buying, not necessarily cash. So it has become sophisticated also,” Alvia said.

NAMFREL member Telebert Laoc said politicians are now giving away groceries, cellphone load, gift certificates, and anything that has to do with mobile cash.

Just last March, the camp of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused administration bet Mar Roxas of using creative vote buying schemes, the Manila Bulletin reported.

Duterte’s camp said that Roxas’s wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, was indirectly campaigning for him after giving out farming equipment in what was supposed to be a non-partisan Department of Agriculture program.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will also investigate overseas Filipino workers who allegedly took selfies after filling out their ballots.

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim told ABS-CBN there were nine of these cases with OFWs located in Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore to name a few.

The Comelec deems taking selfies or photos of filled out ballots illegal as it is similar to creating a carbon copy of the document.

 

Photo credit: DWIZ

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