THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has verified about 393 YouTube accounts of candidates for the May elections, it said in a statement on Thursday. 

The verification of accounts was in time with the launch of Comelec e-rallies on Tuesday night, which live-streams national candidates on the election body’s Facebook Page and Youtube accounts. 

“Verification of accounts is a step towards ensuring the availability of trusted and credible sources of information for the public,” Comelec Spokesman James B. Jimenez said in the statement. 

All official candidates who submitted their YouTube account information to the election body now have verified badges on their channels.

“We have worked with YouTube to verify these channels, regardless of the number of subscribers, and we will continue to work closely to push out helpful information to voters,” Mr. Jimenez added. 

Comelec Resolution 10748 requires that all social media platforms used for official campaigning must be registered with the election body.

Comelec also announced on Thursday that it has started the deployment of election equipment to be used for the May 9 polls.

Vote-counting machine batteries and ballot boxes were dispatched to local hubs nationwide from the Comelec warehouse in Laguna, it said in a statement. 

The vote-counting machines along with consolidation and canvassing system machines will be distributed from April 2 to 19. 

The official ballots and indelible ink, which are stored in the National Printing Office, will be sent to city and municipal treasurers starting April 20. 

Comelec earlier announced that the printing of ballots for local distribution will be completed by April 21. — John Victor D. Ordoñez