Comelec limits number of voters inside polling center for 2022 elections


MANILA, Philippines — A maximum of 10 voters will only be allowed inside polling precincts during the May 2022 national and local elections, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

However, polling places which are relatively larger and can accommodate more people will be allowed more than 10 voters as long as they observe distancing protocols.

Holding areas will also be set up for voters waiting for their turn to vote.

During a stakeholders forum organized by the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on Monday, the poll body released its COVID-19 preventive measures that will be implemented during the elections next year.

Here are the other health measures that will be in place:

  • temperature checking
  • setting up of separate entrance and exit for each voting centers
  • wearing of face mask and face shield
  • one-meter physical distancing
  • installation of sanitation stations
  • frequent disinfection of hands
  • frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces
  • proper cough and sneezing etiquette
  • establishment of IPP and health station within the voting center
  • establishment of voter's assistance desk
  • establishment of holding areas adjacent to polling places 
  • posing of layout of the voting center
  • display of signages (directional/informative)
  • chairs and tables inside the polling place will be arranged in such a way that physical distancing is observed
  • installation of plastic barriers between the election board and voters

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 11, 2022 - 3:05pm

Get the latest updates on the Philippines' preparation for the May 2022 national elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Main image by The STAR/Michael Varcas

January 11, 2022 - 3:05pm

A municipal councilor in Zamboanga del Sur landed in jail for carrying a gun outside of residence in disregard of restrictions set by the Commission on Elections. 

Jovert Dahunan, a coucilor of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, was nabbed Monday night at a checkpoint by police enforcing the Comelec gun ban.

He was immediately clamped down in a detention facility of the Kumalarang Municipal Police Station. — The STAR/John Unson

January 10, 2022 - 3:38pm

Police at a checkpoint in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay arrested two teens for carrying replica handguns on Sunday.

Implementation of the Commission on Elections gun ban started over the weekend. The ban on carrying or using guns during the election period is meant to curb election-related violence.

Personnel of the 2nd Zamboanga Sibugay Province Mobile Force Company when they flagged down the teens, who were riding a motorycle along the national highway, near dawn on Sunday. 

Police Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office 9 (PRO) director, says police noticed a suspicious item tucked in one of the suspects' waist. "The personnel immediately requested the person to remove the item from his waist and it was found out it was a replica of a 1911 caliber .45 pistol," Simborio says.

Since the two could not produce documentation for the replica gun, they were arrested. 

Under a 2013 Philippine National Police, airsoft pistols and rifles need to be registered with the police. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

December 1, 2021 - 2:42pm

Google will pause all electoral and political advertisements in relation to the 2022 national and local elections at the start of the campaign period, the Commission on Elections says.

The campaign period will start on Feb. 8,2022 for national candidates and March 2, 2022 for local candidates.

"Google will not accept election advertisements in the Philippines that are purchased through Google Ads, Display and Video 360, and Shopping platforms that advertisers intend to place on Google, YouTube and partner properties," the poll body says in a statement.

November 29, 2021 - 10:30am

A maximum of 10 voters will only be allowed inside the polling place during the May 9, 2022 elections, the Comelec says.

This is part of the poll body's preventive measures against COVID-19.

More than 10 voters will be allowed for larger polling centers that can accommodate more people. Holding rooms will also be established in adjacent rooms for voters waiting for their turn.

November 9, 2021 - 2:57pm

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte announces on Facebook that she is withdrawing her candidacy for mayor. Her brother Sebastian "Baste" Duterte will replace her.

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