Comelec Aims to Prohibit the Face-to-Face Campaign for the Upcoming Election
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) eyes to prohibit the face-to-face campaign in the May 2022 elections due to the threat of COVID-19.
According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, activities for the 2022 campaign where people are gathering should be prohibited due to the pandemic. Jimenez assured that there will be a “change in the campaigning landscape” in the coming elections.
“Activities, like giving out materials or going out or talking to people face-to-face for campaign purposes – that’s gonna change. Door-to-door campaigns might be prohibited, ” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN.
While it is not yet official, they will contact the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the issue. The resolution will be implemented as soon as possible if the IATF agrees, but if not, face-to-face campaigning will be strictly regulated.
“But certainly there will be changes in the way people do things. In a perfect world, yes, that sort of face-to-face campaigning would be strictly regulated, maybe even prohibited, “Jimenez added.
The politicians can only rely on online campaigning, according to the spokesperson. TV and radio political ads cannot be extended because they need to amend the law to allow it.
“We are particularly concerned about face-to-face encounters between campaigners and the public because that’s where the spread is gonna happen,” Jimenez said
“I can’t say much about it yet but that is certainly a conversation that people are pushing. People feel that with the pandemic in full force, we are going to need more campaign minutes online but again that will require legislation,” he added.
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