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'Candidates required to get permit before holding in-person campaign' - COMELEC Kalinga

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Among the election campaign guidelines set by Kalinga Provincial Comelec (Commission on Election) Campaign Committee (PCCC) for all the candidates desiring to conduct face-to-face or physical campaign activities is to first get a permit.

This rule, according to the committee, is to ensure adherence to health and safety protocols and avoid poll offenses for the duration of the campaign period.

The campaign period starts on February 8 for national candidates and on March 25 for local candidates.

“Essential to public security preparation other than the implementation of the gun ban and other prohibited acts is adherence to health and safety protocols,” Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Elenita Julia T. Capuyan said through Philippine Information Agency-Kalinga.

The guidelines were set during the committee’s conference held on February 01 at Provincial Joint Security Control Center, Kalinga Police Provincial Office, Camp Juan M. Duyan.

Seeking approval for in-person campaign

Pursuant to Resolution No. 10735 of COMELEC, the candidates or authorized representatives are required to apply for a permit from the Comelec Campaign Committee (CCC) at their designated Election Office at least 72 hours ahead of the campaign activity.

Representatives shall present a special power of attorney (SPA) when requesting a permit.

Candidates or representatives need to disclose the details of the activity, such as the date, time and place, motorcade routes, venue capacity, and names and proof of identity of their companions.

Concerned election committee shall either approve or deny the application within 48 hours from filing. Inaction would mean automatic approval.

According to PIA-Kalinga, Provincial CCC is chaired by PES Capuyan while Police Provincial Director, AFP Commander of the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, the Provincial Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Provincial Health Officer sit as members.

The city and municipalities, the agency added, have likewise organized their respective committee with the same composition.

Certified list of Candidates for May 9, 2022 Election

Comelec-Kalinga shared that a total of 201 aspirants were listed in its certified list for May 9, 2022 Election. Of which, 22 run for provincial level, 23 candidates run for the different positions in Balbalan, 20 in Lubuagan, 20 in Pasil, 22 in Pinukpuk, 22 in Rizal, 26 in Tabuk City, 26 in Tanudan, and 20 in Tinglayan.

Meanwhile, the office recorded a total of 154, 423 registered voters in the province.


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