Poll Watchdog Asks Public to Stay Vigilant Against Any Form of Election Fraud
The Kontra Daya poll watchdog urges the public to stay vigilant against election fraud and report any form of illegal activities caught.
Kontra Daya has called on the public to be vigilant and report any form of election fraud as May 2022 polls less than a year away. According to the group’s statement, fraud occurs when government resources are suspected of being misused.
They added, “while this point needs to be proven, we still cannot deny the fraud in the form of deception which is clearly established based on past election cycles.”
Kontra Daya further stressed that these immediate commercial models, tarpaulin hoggers, and pandemic travelers are likely to run in the 2022 elections, making their presence felt as early as now, even if they deny or stay quiet about their political aspirations.
The polling watchdog group stated that it is in this setting that individuals should be attentive and take advantage of social media’s influence. All supporters of clean, honest, and transparent elections, according to Kontra Daya, should report any types of electoral fraud.
The group urges the public to report the following election abuse such as
tarpaulins, billboards, flyers and other media prominently displaying the names and/or pictures of politicians; sign-up drives urging certain politicians to run; text messages from anonymous numbers purportedly on behalf of certain politicians; political surveys being conducted by LGUs or fly-by-night organizations.
Also, meetings, rallies or distribution of relief goods organized by certain groups in support of a politician; red-tagging of certain personalities, politicians or party-list groups and other forms of early negative campaigning.
Aside from that, police and military operations against certain individuals and groups aimed to besmirch progressive politicians or party-list groups; and other activities with a clear intent to get support in the 2022 elections or to negatively portray perceived opponents were also be considered as election fraud.
Those with information are encouraged to take the following steps: Take a snapshot or video of an event with your phone’s camera; record the time, date, and location of the event; provide a brief description of the event; send the photo/video, timestamp, and description to Kontra Daya by email ([email protected]), Twitter (@kontradaya), or Facebook (@kontradaya) (kontra.daya).
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