Messages that circulated during Election Day falsely claimed that marker blots could affect the votes on the reverse side of the ballot.

One message shared via Messenger warned supporters of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. not to vote for the party-list behind the name of Vice President Robredo as the blot may result in the vote being counted in her favor.

It claimed without proof that such an incident happened in one of the voting centers during early hours of the voting last May 9, 2022.

While it is true that the markers used in the elections resulted in blots appearing on the other side of the ballot, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has repeatedly stated that it will not affect the vote as the ovals on the left side of the candidates’ names are not aligned.

For instance, voting for the party-list directly behind Robredo’s name will result in a blot on the right side of the box where her name appears.

This, according to Comelec, will not affect the voter’s choice for president since the vote counting machine will base the votes on the marks on the oval.

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