Comelec may ban face-to-face campaign, mulls online filing of COCs

Comelec may ban face-to-face campaign, mulls online filing of COCs

Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo (PNA courtesy)

By Junex Doronio
June 19, 2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Despite the reported zero Covid-19 case in this highly urbanized city and in some other areas in the country, Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo has disclosed that the poll body is bent on prohibiting face-to-face campaign all over the country due to the ongoing pandemic.

But the Comelec official admitted that until now the poll body had not yet decided on its final guidelines for the 2022 presidential elections, particularly on campaigning.

“We cannot prohibit the rally but we can regulate it. But I think what we can prohibit is face-to-face or the house-to-house campaigning,” Casquejo stressed during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Thursday, June 17.

Casquejo told the congressmen that the Comelec had not yet decided on its final guidelines for the 2022 presidential elections, particularly on campaigning.

He cited the law that does not allow candidates to file their COC online, citing that it must be done personally or through a representative.

However, the Comelec delegate hastened to add that the poll body would also study and might consider the possibility of allowing the online filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 elections.

He was obviously referring to Republic Act No. 7166, which states that “no certificate of candidacy shall be filed by mail, telegram or facsimile.”

However, Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez sharply retorted that such provision could be “waived by the Comelec in the interest of public service” because the country is still in a pandemic.

“I’m going to file already, by tomorrow (Friday, 19 June 2021), a bill that will say personal or online,” Rodriguez vowed, referring to the filing of COC.

“It needs to be online. Come up with a rule that filing will be online and let us see who will question that,” the congressman from.Cagayan de Oro said. (AI/MTVN)

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