Netizens’ miting de avance relaunch #juanvote ahead of elections
May 3, 2013
Netizens across the country are revving up a bigger #juanvote campaign in the run-up to the May 13, 2013 elections, promising to direct social efforts towards greater citizen participation in the democratic process.
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#juanvote is an offline and online community efforts led by Blogwatch, with support from various individuals and groups across the country.
Scores of Metro Manila-based bloggers and other netizens are gathering on Saturday (May 4) at Commune in Makati City for the #juanvote Miting de Avance to finalize and announce citizen media plans in the last few days of the campaign and on Election Day.
Commune Café is located at Dela Costa cor Valero streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City, across Trafalgar Plaza and a stone’s throw away from the BDO Towers in Makati Avenue. (see map)
“We call on bloggers and all netizens to tweet using the #juanvote hashtag. Tweet your questions to candidates. Tweet that you have voted. Tweet if you see law violations and problems during the voting,” said Blogwatch editor and #juanvote convenor Noemi Lardizabal Dado.
Dado said that she expects Filipino netizens to step up before and on Election Day. “As netizens, we have the social media capital and channels to make our votes count, to help educate both candidates and voters, and help expand the coverage of the elections beyond what we see on TV and hear on the radio.”
Dado said #juanvote will release a #juanvote memo during the Miting de Avance outlining what netizens could do in support of the democratic process.
The campaign is backed by the country’s biggest telco: Smart Communications is the technology partner of BlogWatch #juanvote social media coverage.
Miting de Avance
“During the Miting de Avance and the following days, netizens will press national and local candidates to take a stand on issues such as the Cybercrime Law and the Data Privacy Law which badly need repeal, and the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information Bill,” said blogger Tonyo Cruz a #juanvote convenor.
“These elections are very important. We have to make sure that the candidates know that netizens and other citizens want changes and reforms to keep the internet free, to improve and expand internet access, check telco abuses, and make government more transparent and accountable. These issues could be addressed by candidates who have a clear stand on the laws we want repealed or bills we want passed into law,” Cruz explained.
According to Dado and Cruz, bloggers and netizens could use blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest to help raise the awarenss of candidates and voters as they make up their minds prior to voting.
“Next week is crucial. People would be making their final choices. We in #juanvote will try to remind everyone of the issues that are dear to netizens so voters could help resolve those issues at the ballot box. For example, we hope they also vote for the repeal of the Cybercrime Law by voting for those who are really for trashing that law,” said Dado.
And on Election Day, Cruz hopes that blogger and netizens would help cover the conduct of the elections in their respective precincts. “While taking photos inside the precincts is prohibited by law, we ask everyone to use their camera phones safely and discreetly to capture vote-buying, illegal campaigning, and similar incidents.”
You are part of #juanvote.
#juanvote challenges all Filipino netizens to be champions of Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections by taking action on the 2013 elections.
We must not just vote: We must use all our powers as social media users to help others vote and to guard the vote. Armed with our cellphones, digital cameras, and social media tools, we can make a difference.
This simple guide aims to empower us with knowledge on what, when and how to report.
Where to report
#juanvote welcomes all types of reports through the following:
Twitter Use hashtag #juanvote
Email contact at blogwatch. tv
Download the #juanvote mobile android app at Google Play store via Instapatrol
When to report
Timing is important: Immediately report incidents to #juanvote and our partners.
What to report
REPORT ANY INCIDENT THAT VIOLATES THIS GENERAL RULE: All eligible voters have a right to vote freely and to have those votes counted quickly and accurately to determine the winners in the electoral contests.
Online political campaigning
Here is the primer of COMELEC Resolution 9615, the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 9006 – the Fair Elections Act – ushers in major innovations in the area of regulating online campaign activities.
Delays in opening of precincts
Preventing any registered voter to cast a vote
Missing names of registered voters in List of Voters
Receiving a ballot that has already been pre-marked or with shading
Any person checking out how a voter is casting a vote (violation of privacy and secrecy)
Precinct runs out of ballots (If precinct runs out of ballots, a voter should be allowed to cast votes in next precinct)
Precinct runs out of markers
Precinct has wrong ballot
Suspension of voting for whatever purpose
Non-use or unavailability of indelible ink to mark voters who have already voted
Premature closing of precincts
Automated Election System Issues
No PCOS machine in precinct
PCOS machine malfunctions
PCOS machine rejects ballots
CF card (memory card) malfunctions
Brownouts at any time on Election Day at the precincts
Unauthorized personnel (non-COMELEC) accessing the PCOS machine
Stealing or destruction of the PCOS machine
Unauthorized presence of armed military or police personnel
Unauthorized presence of unidentifiable armed persons (private armies, militias)
Fighting in precincts, polling centers and canvassing centers
Any physical attack or threat of physical attack against any teacher or official authorized by the COMELEC, or against any voter, any group of voters, any candidate, or supporters of any candidate or party
COMELEC: Prohibited acts on Election Day
Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor
Giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value
Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within thirty (30) meters thereof
Voting more than once or in substitution of another
Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or other any other similar sports
Opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise, or refreshments within a radius of thirty meters from the polling place
The campaign is backed by Smart Communications , the technology partner of BlogWatch #juanvote social media coverage.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.
Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.
I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers' money.
I do not support or belong to any political party. I was part of accredited media covering the Office of the Vice President and Leni Robredo as she ran as a presidential aspirant in the 2022 National and local elections.
On August 5, 2021, YouTube announced that I was selected as one of 50 Program participants of its Creator Program for Independent Journalists
She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.
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Updated June 6, 2022