Comelec: It's high time to revisit poll-related laws


Posted at Apr 09 2019 01:17 AM

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MANILA - The Commission on Elections believes it is high time to revisit the Omnibus Election Code and other poll-related pieces of legislation.

Speaking to ANC's "Talkback," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said loopholes in the law force candidates running for public office to commit election violations.

"It predisposes them to break the law, which is the problem, a lot of candidates have acknowledged spending a lot more pre-campaign than they ever will in the campaign and that's not spending that we are monitoring," he said.

Jimenez also acknowledged the power of social media to pressure candidates in obeying election laws. 

He pointed out, voters have the power not to reward bad behavior of candidates and government officials, who are supposed to uphold political neutrality during election system.

"The candidates themselves are very responsive to social pressure. Social media has a lot to do with that, and it's been helpful. There are now more effective ways in shaming candidates to complying with the law," he said.

"It all boils down to the voters. If the voters see this sort of behavior and reject it, then it gets rejected. But if voters don't reject it, if they still vote for these people, then it's positive feedback, it's positive reinforcement. They will see that this sort of behavior pays dividends," Jimenez added.