Comelec to preserve paper used by prexy bets in debate


What will happen to the paper that presidential candidates used in the debates organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec)?

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Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said it will be preserved.

"If they are scribbling notes on that it will not be thrown away afterwards. That is literally presidential records. So these will be preserved as property of Comelec," he said in an interview Monday, Feb. 28.

The poll body is organizing a presidential debate on March 19.

Jimenez said candidates will be given pen and paper during the debate.

"It will not be included in the (debate) kit," he said.

"The kit will also tell the candidates the treatment of the paper after they've used it," added Jimenez.

He said the debate kit will be given to the representatives of the candidates when they meet with them this week.

"That will have everything that the candidate will require and we have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that we want the candidates to sign so that the rules are clear," said Jimenez.

The Comelec will also hold a vice presidential debate on March 20.