Business Mirror : Comelec counters confusing, outdated social media advisories on do’s and don’ts for voters

By Business Mirror

REQUIRING people to present proof they are not infected with Covid-19 to cast their votes in polling precincts is unconstitutional, according to the Commission on Elections.

In a virtual forum on Sunday, Comelec Commissioner George M. Garcia said there is no legal basis for them to require voters to show their negative antigen or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results.

Currently, he said the only requirements for Filipinos to be able to vote in an election is, that they should be included in the voters list of Comelec with active registration, and line up in polling precincts.

“It is unconstitutional for us to impose additional requirements for those who can vote,” Garcia said.

Do’s and Don’ts
Likewise, he said, the wearing of a face shield is no longer a requirement for voting in the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) made its wearing in public places optional.

But he was quick to add that wearing a face mask will still be mandated for voters in line with established minimum health standards of the government.

He also pointed out that voters were allowed to bring their cellphone in the polling precincts as long as they don’t use it while casting their votes.