Eleazar rejects proposal to ban unvaccinated Pinoys to vote for May 2022 polls

Published December 5, 2021, 10:56 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Retired police general and senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar cried foul over proposals to bar unvaccinated people from exercising their right to vote for the May 2022 elections.

Eleazar said the move is discriminatory and goes against the Constitution-protected rights of every Filipinos to exercise the right to suffrage.

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“There is no law that prevents unvaccinated people to vote. Filipinos should not be denied of this right just because they are not vaccinated,” said Eleazar.

“This is not a proper solution to compel people to be vaccinated. By doing so, it would be the government which would violate the law in a bid to vaccinate all against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease),” he added.

Eleazar’s position was similar to Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez who said that the proposal is unconstitutional.

Eleazar said that while he understands that there are safety and health concerns in the conduct of the elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all of these should not be a basis to ban unvaccinated people from exercising their right to vote.

Instead, Eleazar called on the Comelec to implement appropriate measures to ensure the safety of voters during the election day.

The Comelec has been working with other government agencies and offices in coming up with guidelines that will ensure a safe, peaceful, and orderly polls next year.

 
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