Comelec is considering a “categorization program”, more days for the submission of candidatures for the 2022 elections


MANILA – The Election Commission announced on Friday that it plans to put in place a “categorization regime” when submitting candidatures for the 2022 presidential election to ensure that health protocols are followed during the event.

Instead of having the usual 3-4 day schedule, filing nomination papers “could be a bit longer” with specific calendars for political parties and independent candidates, ABS-CBN News told ABS-CBN News. – speech of Comelec, James Jimenez.

“Baka habaan ngayon yung submitting applications and the tendency of applicants is to regroup in the last 2 days,” he said.

(The submission of applications may be extended as applicants tend to cluster in the last 2 days.)

“Some categorization schemes are probably para hindi tayo magkumpol-kumpol,” he said.

(Some categorization schemes are likely to be implemented to avoid clutter.)

Comelec has not yet decided how to categorize and how to schedule those who would submit their candidacies for elections in October, he said.

“There have been a few representations asking to move it a few months, but we still need time to finalize the list of candidates and print the ballots,” he said.

“This is all at the planning stage,” he said.

Comelec has held several meetings to ensure that the next national elections in 2022 would respect the health protocols imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, especially on polling day.

Campaign and voting changes are also being considered due to the global pandemic, the Comelec spokesperson said.

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