Online campaigning will be extensively utilized in the 2016 polls — Jimenez

March 18, 2014 8:58 am 

MANILA, March 17 — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that online campaigning will be extensively utilized in the 2016 elections by aspirants to promote their candidacies.

“I think it (online) will have a big part come 2016 since online campaigning has started in 2010 thru 2013, you can see the use of online or the internet,” said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

He added, “They (candidate) were able to utilize it in 2010 and 2013 so it’s very possible that many will advertise online in 2016.”

With this, Jimenez noted that the country will need a law that would institutionalize the online campaigning.

“Kailangan pumosisyon tayo ng maganda para when that happens mamonitor pa din natin ‘yung expenditures,” he explained.

He added, “Remember underlying all of these is not the principle of controlling where you can campaign but rather ensuring that the spending is monitored and the spending is properly reported.”

This early, the Comelec urged lawmakers to craft a law that would set guidelines on campaigning using cyberspace.

Although, the poll body had issued Comelec Resolution No. 9615, which sets the rules on election campaign materials allowed online, Jimenez noted that it's still best to have a law.

“Wala ‘yun sa Republic Act 9001 or the Fair Election Act, so para mainstitutionalized din, mas maganda kung nasa batas na,” he said. (PNA)

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