2022 PH Election: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering a ban on face-to-face campaigns in the upcoming 2022 elections as the country is still struggling with COVID-19.
“As far as the Comelec is concerned the pandemic won’t be over for quite a while in all practical terms,” states Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez as he tells ANC. “Activities like giving out of materials or going out and talking to people face-to-face for campaign purposes, that’s gonna change, door-to-door campaigns might be prohibited,” he adds.
He adds that not everyone would have been vaccinated by then despite the availability of vaccines.
2022 PH Election: Apparently, the Comelec Spokesperson is unsure if the prohibition will be enacted as the agency will still coordinate with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Read more: Comelec mulls ban on face-to-face campaigns during 2022 elections, an article by GMA News Online.
“Again, we are particularly concerned about face-to-face encounters between campaigners and the public because that’s where your spread is going to happen. And it won’t matter how COVID-safe the actual election day is, if campaign pa lang people are already spreading the virus through careless and irresponsible acts,” Jimenez continues. Read: Early Voting for 2022 Elections May Be Possible
“With the pressure of the pandemic on, the regulation will have to evolve. It will no longer probably be limited to simply monitoring campaign expenses, we might actually actively promote online campaigning by making new rules available or making new prohibitions apply,” he concludes.