The Manila Times - Comelec eyes online campaigning for 2022

News & Interviews
4 February 2021

By William B. Depasupil | The Manila Times

With the undiminished threat of Covid-19, the government may ban face-to-face campaigning for the elections next year.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may ask candidates to turn to online campaigning as a precaution against the disease.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Wednesday the poll body is considering temporarily prohibiting the traditional way of campaigning.

The poll body has discussed the matter with officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Jimenez said any changes in the method of campaigning in radio and television would require amendments of election laws.

The Comelec noted that it might take months to vaccinate 80 million Filipinos.

Jimenez said in the absence of a herd immunity, it would be in the best interest of all concerned to temporarily ban face-to-face campaigns to control the spread of Covid-19.

Vaccine czar and National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. agreed that face-to-face campaigning poses a huge risk to the health of the public.

“Nakikita po natin na ‘yung pangangampanya po, it will enhance close contact with different people (campaigning will enhance close contact with different people),” Galvez said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Wednesday.

With reports from Keith Calayag