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The Manila Times : No Covid jab requirement for voters

News & Interviews
26 October 2021

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it will not require voters to be fully vaccinated or to show negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test results in order to cast their ballot in the 2022 elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters will not be mandated to get vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for them to access polling stations.

The only requirement is that the voter wears a face mask and face shield, Jimenez said in a radio interview.

Even individuals with high body temperatures or those exhibiting virus symptoms like cough or cold will be allowed to vote at the isolated polling places.

Identification cards are also not necessary, he said.

Last Saturday, the poll body conducted mock elections in San Juan City to determine the voting times, crowd control management to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure that public health standards are observed.

Jimenez said some problems cropped up during the simulation and they will be resolved before the actual voting in May.

The dry run was held at the San Juan Elementary School, which has five voting precincts covering Barangay Balong Bato and Ermitano, and has 4,235 registered voters.

Republic Act 9369 requires mock elections to test and ensure the security features, accuracy and functional capability of all the elements of the voter registration verification system, the vote counting machines, transmission devices and the consolidation, and the canvassing system.