By HANA BORDEY | GMA News Online
The Commission on Elections on Friday said they will release the “new normal” guidelines for the 2022 national and local elections before October.
In its second virtual media conference for the upcoming polls, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that the poll body had started working on the guidelines, which will introduce adjustments in the election process due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week.
“Mayroon tayong nakikitang mga glimmers of possible areas of regulation but we would like to wait until we can release the whole thing. Certainly, before October, before the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC),” Jimenez said.
(We are seeing glimmers of possible areas of regulation, but we would like to wait until we can release the whole thing. Certainly, before October, before the filing of the COC.)
Included in the guidelines that will be adjusted by the commission are the conduct of election campaigns and presidential debates as well as the process of COC filing.
In May, the Comelec said it was planning to modify the campaign rules and regulations for the 2022 national and local elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The poll body likewise confirmed that the presidential debates for the 2022 national and local elections would push through.
Candidates for national and local positions can file their COCs from October 1 to 8, 2021.
The poll body previously said it was setting specific dates for the filing of the certificates of candidacy per elective position. — DVM, GMA News