No need: Comelec won’t postpone 2022 elections despite lawmaker’s urging

Photo: Comelec / FB</i>
Photo: Comelec / FB

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) today said it sees no need to postpone the 2022 presidential elections despite the urging of a lawmaker who claimed that his constituents were fearful of voting because of the pandemic.

“We will not do that. The mandate of the Comelec is very clear and that is to conduct an election. And it will be a bit ironic if Comelec itself will say that we should stop the election…[W]e don’t see any need to postpone the elections,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo in English and Filipino.

Jimenez added that the Comelec is doing everything possible to ensure that voters will not be at risk of getting infected with the coronavirus and that they are even considering alternative modes of voting.

“Let’s remember that [the national] election is set by the constitution. It can’t just suddenly be reset like the village or youth elections; it’s a constitutional mandate, and we should follow the constitution,” the spokesman said.

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Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo, son of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, yesterday said during a Comelec hearing that the presidential election should be deferred.

“I’ve been hearing in my district, the businessmen, the old people, they’re saying maybe they would not just vote because they’re scared to vote on that day. That’s just food for thought…The Comelec may choose to answer that or not, but I hope that thought will linger in their minds,” Arroyo said.

The May 2022 national elections will allow Filipinos to choose top government officials including President Rodrigo Duterte’s successor.

Countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka have been able to successfully carry out elections amid the pandemic. The U.S. is also slated to hold a presidential election on Nov. 3.

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