In a resolution recently released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), they announced that all candidates for the 2022 national elections are allowed to hold virtual or e-rallies and live streams during the campaign period. Resolution No. 10730 or the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act 9006 or the “Fair Elections Act” says that all those running for any position in the upcoming elections may hold meetings, campaigns, rallies, and other political activities online.
“SECTION 36. E-rallies and Livestreams Allowed. – Any political party or any candidate, individually or jointly with other aspirants, may hold peaceful online political meetings, rallies, or other similar activities during the campaign period,” the resolution stated. “Such online political meetings, rallies, and similar activities are not covered by the limitations on broadcast advertising.” (Read: ‘Lalaban Ako, Lalaban Tayo’: VP Leni Robredo To Run For President In 2022 Elections)
But of course, all activities are subject to several guidelines. Read on to see what some of the rules are.
- All events must disclose that it is indeed a political event, rally, campaign, forum, etc. It should also confirm its compliance to minimum health protocols, and all relevant information such as date, time, and location of the event must be shared.
- Any livestream on a candidate’s social media platform shall be considered a political rally or meeting.
- Recordings of all e-rallies must be submitted to the Education and Information Department (EID) of the Comelec within 72 hours after the event.
- Candidates may receive e-gifts from viewers (in game currency, in-platform gifts, etc.) but they cannot give out any e-gift to the audience. They are also prohibited from running campaigns and promotions that will reward audience with the aforementioned items. (Read: Camarines Sur Priest Suspended ‘Irreversibly’ After Running For Mayor In 2022 Elections)
The official campaign period for those running for national positions (president, vice, president, etc.) will begin on February 8, 2022 and end on May 7, 2022. The election period will run from January 9, 2022 to June 8, 2022. The EID will be releasing 10-minute e-rally time slots during this period.