BOC not raising hands of winners in May 2022 polls during proclamation

Published November 23, 2021, 5:05 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Board of Canvassers (BOC) will not raise the hands of winning candidates in the May 2022 polls as part of the health and safety protocols.


In Resolution No. 10731, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said during proclamation of the winning candidates, the BOC “shall not physically raise their hands and shall strictly observe the minimum health standards/protocols.”

The resolution, which provides the general instructions to the BOC, also states that in the canvassing venue, the BOC shall strictly implement Election Day protocols and shall allow entry only to those who pass the following:

-Temperature checking those who register a body temperature of less than 37.5 degrees Celsius on the first or second scanning.

– Fully-vaccinated individuals; in lieu of vaccination, a negative Antigen/RT-PCR test result; and -No symptoms of COVID-19, as indicated in the Health Declaration Form.

The Comelec said those who fail in any of the aforementioned requirement shall not be allowed to enter the canvassing venue and shall be referred to the Medical Personnel for proper medical advice.

Aside from those mentioned, the following measures shall also be observed: wearing of face mask and face shield; one-meter physical distancing; frequent disinfection of hands; frequent disinfection of regularly-touched surfaces; proper cough and sneezing etiquette; limited number of workers; disinfection of documents, supplies, device/equipment; and use of own pen.

The Comelec, however, said that the Commission may modify the guidelines set forth in the Resolution as the circumstances may warrant depending on the rules to be issued by the national government, Department of Health, Inter Agency Task Force and the Local Government Unit concerned.