What Will Election Campaigns Look Like During the Pandemic?

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With crowding prohibited and with face masks on, what will the 2022 election campaigns in the Philippines look like?

The Commission on Elections is considering modifying the rules with less than a year to go before the elections. For now, Comelec said existing guidelines will stand, said Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino.

"As of now, the existing guidelines for campaigning are still face-to-face. However, we are studying the possibility of modifying our rules on the campaign since we have the pandemic,"  Ferolino said. "We will see if we can do that as we progress."


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For the 2022 national elections, candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups can campaign from Feb. 8 to May 7, 2022.

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Candidates for seats in the House of Representatives, and elective positions in the regional, provincial, city, and municipal levels can campaign from March 25 to May 7, 2022. The elections are slated on May 9, 2022.

Ferolino said the poll body was monitoring developments in the country's pandemic situation as well as how other countries pursued its elections.

"If it's not really advisable for the candidates to go on a face-to-face campaign, I think we may limit or introduce some other forms of campaign that the candidates may adopt," she said.


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