The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will allow COVID-19 patients to vote in the 2022 national elections in the country.
At yesterday’s forum of the House Committee on People’s Participation, chaired by Lone District San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida “Rida” Robes discussed the changes and limitations in holding elections now that there is a pandemic.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said people with COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus will be allowed to vote on election day but will be isolated at the isolation polling place as part of health and safety protocols.
The said strategy became effective in the plebiscite held in Palawan on March 13.
Jimenez said voters within the voting precinct would be limited to only five out of the previous 10 to avoid infection.
Because admission to voting centers is limited, the election will begin from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 9, 2022.
Robes said he organized the forum to educate voters on the changes due to the COVID pandemic, which requires public participation in the 2022 national elections.
COVID-19 patients will be allowed to vote – Comelec
Meanwhile, Comelec said the transfer of voter records due to changed addresses is part of the ongoing voter registration for the 2022 election.
This also includes the reactivation of a deactivated voter record due to failing to vote in the last 2 elections or due to a judgment or order of any court and changing the last name and correcting misspellings of the name and other voter information records.
There is only one voter registration application form for this. Find the type of registration to do and fill in the required information.
Those who have transferred the voting address must also present to the Comelec an I.D. which will indicate the new address.
A registered voter from the relocated area may also be included to prove that they live there.
If you need to correct the spelling of the name or other information in the voter record, you must bring a birth certificate or any other relevant document.
Those who re-reactivate their voter registration must bring an ID.