If you think this week’s filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of potential candidates in the May 2022 polls is already the start of the Election Period, you are wrong.
Based on the calendar of activities for the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Election Period commences from January 9, 2022 to June 8, 2022.
Gun Ban is in effect for the entirety of this period, which means bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized in writing by the Comelec, is prohibited.
The following acts are also prohibited: use of security or bodyguards by candidates unless authorized in writing by the Comelec organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces, or other similar forces; alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service; and suspension of elective local officials.
In Resolution No. 10695, the Comelec set the filing of COC for all elective positions from Oct. 1, 2021 to Oct. 8, 2021, including Saturday and Sunday.
The poll body also set the Campaign Period for candidates in national positions such as for President, Vice-President, Senator and party-list groups from Feb. 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022.
For candidates in local elective positions such as member of House of Representatives and regional, provincial, city and municipal officials, campaigning begins on March 25, 2022 and ends on May 7, 2022.
“However, campaigning is prohibited during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, on April 14 and April 15, 2022, respectively,” the Comelec said.
From April 10, 2022 to May 9, 2022, overseas voters may cast their votes in Philippine embassies, consulates, and other Posts pursuant to the overseas absentee voting system.
The Comelec said campaigning abroad is “prohibited during this period.”
Local absentee voters, the poll body said, have three days to vote, which is on April 27, 28, and 29, 2022.
Liquor Ban, meantime, is in effect beginning May 8, 2022 until May 9, 2022, which means selling, furnishing,
offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor is prohibited.
The Comelec said campaigning is prohibited on the Eve of Election Day until Election Day itself.
Also prohibited are the following: giving or accepting free transportation, food or drinks or things of value; soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against a candidate or any political party in the polling place or within 30 meters thereof; opening of booths or stalls for the sale of merchandise or refreshments within a 30-meter radius from the polling place; and holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or any other similar sports.