Election2022 | COMELEC allows in-person campaigning activities but with restrictions

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) has allowed the in-person campaigning activities for 2022 election , but will still be guided with different restrictions based on Resolution No. 10732 promulgated November 24, 2021.

INSIDE STORIES:

Section 14 states the following prohibited acts during in-person campaigning:

  • Entering any private dwelling during house-to-house campaigning even with the express permission of the house owner;
  • Crowding, or allowing there to be, crowds that violate munimum public health standards around the candidate and his or her companions;
  • Handshaes, hugs, kisses, going arm-in-arm, or any action that involves physical contact among the candidates, their companies, and the public;
  • Taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities that require close prosimity between the candidate and their companions, and the public; and
  • Distribution of food and drink, and all other goods or items.

Meanwhile, for activities such as conventions, caucuses, meetings, miting de avance, and rallies, the following shall not be allowed as per Section 15 of said Resolution:

  • Handshaes, hugs, kisses, going arm-in-arm, or any action that involves physical contact among the candidates, their companies, and the public;
  • Taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities that require close prosimity between the candidate and their companions, and the public; and
  • Distribution of food and drink, and all other goods or items.

IN THE WEB:

Category Levels

Accordingly, provinces, cities, and municipalities in the Philippines will be placed under category levels (Category Levels 1-5), the same with Alert Levels as provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) created by the virtue of Executive Order No. 168, series of 2014.

Resolution No. 10732 covers Election Campaign Activities such as (1) In-Person Campaign, (2) Rallies, (3) Caucuses, Meetings, and Conventions, (4) Mortorcades and Caravans, and (5) Miting De Avance.

Here’s a quick glance of the guidelines based on Category Levels:

IN-PERSON CAMPAIGNING

Motorcades And Caravans

Motorcades and caravans remain an integral part of political campaigns. But with uncertainties brought by the pandemic, COMELEC also included in the Resolution guidelines when it comes to vehicles to be used:

IN-PERSON CAMPAIGNING

It is to be noted as well that ‘only candidates, campaign leaders, and supporters belonging to the same household are allowed to be in the same vehicle’.

Added to these are the following prohibited acts during motorcades and caravans:

  • Stopovers, layovers, and other similar stoppage for the conduct of other election campaign activities;
  • Handshakes, hugs, kisses, going arm-to-arm, or any action that involves physical contact among the candidate, their companions, and the public;
  • Taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities that require close prosimity between the candidate and their companions, and the public; and
  • Distribution of food and drink, and all other goods or items.

Application For The Conduct Of Election Campaigns

Before any election campaign can be conducted by the candidates, an application must be first filed within seventy-two (72) hours prior to the scheduled campaign, and that approval must be obtained from the corresponding COMELEC Campaign Committee (CCC).

Such application may be filed with the following:

  • Regional COMELEC Campaign Committee (RCCC) at the Office of Regional Election Director – for Presidential, Vice Presidential, Senatorial, and Paty-list candidates;
  • Provincial COMELEC Campaign Committee (PCCC) at the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor – for Gubernatorial, Vice Gubernatorial, District Represntative, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan candidates; and
  • Municipal/City COMELEC Campaign Committee (M/CCCC) at the concerned Office of the Election Officer – for Mayoralty, Vice Mayoraly, and Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod candidates.

The Resolution reminded that any violations committed against the provisions of Sections 87, 88, and 89 of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) shall be prosecuted under Section 262 of OEC which carries a punishment of imprisonment of not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) months and shall not be subject to probation.

The guilty offender shall also be disqualified from holding a public office and deprived of the right of suffrage.

PHILIP RAMIREZ
BM Philip Ramirez of Occidental Mindoro was recognized by The Nation Builder as ‘Honorary Board Member Of The Year’. November 24, 2021.

COMELEC Resolution No. 10732:

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