Comelec will strictly apply the health protocol in canvassing places

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) will strictly apply the health and safety protocols against COVID-19 in canvassing places for the 2022 elections.

In the guidelines released on Tuesday, the polling body mandated the Council of Canvassers to ensure that everyone inside polling places are fully immunized. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, staff should present a negative antigen or swab test result.

People entering canvassing locations will have their temperature checked, which is expected to be below 37.5 degrees Celsius, and will be required to submit a health declaration form stating that they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Election officers have the discretion to limit the number of representatives of candidates and political parties, in case the canvassing places are small, in order to maintain a physical distance.

Local Comelec officials can also ask to change the canvassing location, if the location is too small or does not comply with the health and safety standards set by the national government.

The solicitation of local election results usually takes place in the Sangguniang Bayan / Panlalawigan plenary hall of a town / municipal hall or provincial capital.

The Office of Solicitors, headed by the election official of a local government unit, conducts the counting of the votes and proclaims the winning candidates.

Members of the Canvassing Committee for the 2022 election will each receive an honorarium of 14,000, slightly higher than the salary of 12,000 in the 2019 polls.

CNN Philippines correspondent Melissa Luz Lopez contributed to this report.

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