Campaigning on Facebook is not Regulated by Comelec

By on Oct 17, 2010 in Current Events, Events, Local, Politics Comments

“For now, we still do not regulate campaigns done on the Internet and it is still very difficult for us to police that. So if people put up their pages on Facebook, that basically falls outside our radar for now,” Commission on Election (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez was quoted saying in Manila Bulletin. He added that “it’s the same during the May 10 elections. If you recall, we didn’t regulate the websites of the candidates and the same way will be true now.”

This means that Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay election candidates can put up their Facebook pages and start campaigning on the internet without getting disqualified. Since setting up a Facebook page costs nothing except for the internet connection which is very minimal nowadays, the cost per voter spent is practically zero.

Since Comelec admitted that it is very difficult for them to police the online ad spending over the internet, expect more candidates adding you as a friend on Facebook hoping to get your votes.

The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election will be held on October 25, 2010.

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