MANILA, Philippines — Plans to eliminate face-to-face campaigning for the 2022 Presidential elections could only serve the pursuits of rich candidates and ultimately disenfranchise poor contenders, party-list group Bayan Muna mentioned on Wednesday.
According to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, proposals to droop face-to-face campaigning — to forestall the unfold of Covid-19 — needs to be studied totally by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The concept of banning face-to-face campaigning surfaced after an ABS-CBN News Channel interview with Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, who mentioned that the pandemic will change a number of points of the election campaign.
Zarate mentioned that bodily campaigning, or candidates and their staffers doing door-to-door visits in communities can nonetheless be made offered that the communities and the candidates observe well being protocols.
“We strongly urge the Comelec to seriously reconsider this prohibition plan and still allow face-to-face campaigning, with the proper health protocols since we are still under a pandemic,” Zarate mentioned in an announcement.
“Also as the election period draws closer with the October filing of candidacies and with the Covid vaccines roll out supposedly to start yet this month, we expect that these campaign restrictions and guidelines will also be disseminated soon,” he added.
Only for the rich
Should the Comelec pushes via with its ban on face-to-face campaigning, Zarate mentioned the subsequent elections could rely solely on campaigning by means of social media and tv commercials — dearer types of election campaigning.
This would give rich and succesful candidates the benefit, he claimed.
“Again, if face to face campaigning would be prohibited, candidates would have to rely on online and media ads campaigning which is very expensive and only the rich candidates can afford that,” Zarate famous.
“If this happens then the next elections will just become a contest for the rich and famous while more Filipinos are disenfranchised,” he added.
Physical campaigning can nonetheless occur
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon clarified on Wednesday that there’s a chance that face-to-face campaigning can be allowed, however only if folks strictly comply with well being restrictions.
She additionally famous that guidelines on election campaigning would depend upon the choice of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
Elections in the Philippines are held each second Monday of May, which for 2022 falls on May 9. But election season begins months earlier than, normally in the third quarter of the previous yr, as candidates are set to file their certificates of candidacies by October.
The begin of campaigning for the 2022 polls can be on January 9, 2022.
Currently, the nationwide authorities is making ready to manage vaccines by February or March, in an effort to immunize at the least 70 million Filipinos to attain herd immunity. But financial outlooks have warned that the Philippines could only get broad entry to vaccines by 2023.
As of now, the nation has over 530,000 confirmed Covid-19 instances, of which 31,455 are energetic instances. At least 487,721 have recovered, whereas 10,942 have died.
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