It's the local candidates' turn to go around and convince their constituents to vote for them on May 9 as the campaign period for the 2022 local elections officially begins on Friday, March 25.
Some 18,000 local positions are up for grabs in this year's elections, the Commission on Elections said Thursday, consisting of House members, governors, vice governors, provincial board members, as well as city/municipal mayors, vice mayors, and councilors.
The official campaign period for the local elections will last for 45 days until May 7, two days before election day. During this period, aspirants to local positions will officially be considered candidates so election rules, such as those governing election offenses, can be applied to them.
Here's what you need to know as the official campaign period for the local polls begins.
How many seats are up for grabs?
According to the Comelec, there are a total of 18,023 seats to be filled in the 2022 local elections, broken down as follows:
- Member, House of Representatives - 253
- Provincial Governor - 81
- Provincial Vice Governor - 81
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan - 782
- City/Municipal Mayor - 1,634
- City/Municipal Vice Mayor - 1,634
- City/Municipal Councilor - 13,558
The Comelec has yet to provide the total number of candidates for the local elections, although it said 845 of them are running unopposed, with the following breakdown:
- Member, House of Representatives - 39
- Provincial Governor - 9
- Provincial Vice Governor - 11
- Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan - 45
- City/Municipal Mayor - 203
- City/Municipal Vice Mayor - 254
- City/Municipal Councilor - 284
Where can I find the list of candidates?
The Comelec has issued the ballot faces for each district across the country, which contains the names of the official candidates for local posts per area.
Head over to the Comelec website and look for your district in this link to see the official candidates list.
How many can I vote for each position?
You can only pick one House member, governor, vice governor, mayor, and vice mayor. You may vote for as many provincial board members and municipal/city councilors as indicated in the ballot.
Make sure to only vote for the number of candidates required per position. Overvoting will cause your votes to be invalid.
As the official campaign period starts, the Comelec reminds local candidates to observe proper posting of campaign paraphernalia and follow minimum health standards to avoid the spread of COVID-19 during rallies and motorcades.
"Sa ating mga kandidato, hangga't hindi pumapayag yung may-ari ng bahay, huwag naman natin i-violate yung property rights.... Siguro maganda ipagpaalam niyo muna doon sa may-ari ng bahay, sa may-ari ng lupa bago kayo maglagay," said Comelec Commissioner George Erwin Garcia.
"Sana siguraduhin ng inyong mga campaign team, campaign staff na lahat naka-face mask. At the same time, kahit sabihin na sobrang daming uma-attend sa mga parada niyo, siguraduhin na may social distancing," he added.