COMELEC ponders live-streaming slots for ‘e-rallies’ of local, nat’l election bets

PHOTO CAPTION: COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez says campaign sorties for the 2022 national and local elections might go virtual in 2022 with the poll body mulling “e-rallies” that will be live streamed for viewers to watch at home./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA–The Education and Information Department (EID) of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is seriously considering giving national and local candidates a platform for free live-streaming of their e-rallies when the campaign period starts in the first quarter of next year.

This, bared by COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez recently, is part of the poll body’s proposed innovations amid the global pandemic.

He said all presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, and party-list candidates will be given e-rally time to present themselves or their party-list groups for the consideration of the viewing voters.

The EID will release the schedule of e-rally time slots on the day the election period officially begins, or on January 9, 2022. The day before then, the said e-rally time slots will be randomly assigned to candidates based on the results of a televised raffle.

Beginning on February 6, or two days before the formal start of the campaign period, the e-rallies will be live-streamed every night on all COMELEC official social media channels and accounts.

Every day, three presidential candidates and three vice-presidential bets will be given 10-minute slots during the live stream, five senatorial aspirants will be granted 3-minute slots, while 10 party-list groups will be given 3 minutes to present their platform and programs.

The campaign period will start on February 8 for national candidates while local candidates can begin campaigning on March 25—90 and 45 days prior to the scheduled election on May 8, respectively. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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