- Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo asked the Commission on Elections if it’s possible to postpone the 2022 elections
- He said the public might still be scared with the COVID-19 pandemic and only a few might participate in the election
- Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas said the matter is not up to them to decide but will be up to Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte
Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo suggested the idea of the 2022 election postponement; citing the public’s continued fears on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arroyo urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to consider postponing the 2022 national polls; saying voters are afraid of the pandemic. He said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that only a few people will go out and vote.
He quoted himself on his Facebook, saying, “If the Corona Covid sars2 gets worse, people will be scared to participate in the electoral process. The voice of a significant percentage will actually not be heard. Will you consider postponing the 2020 [sic] elections for a reasonable time frame?”
However, Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas said the matter is not up to them to decide but will be the job of the Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss. He was quoted by GMA replying, “‘Di talaga because alam natin na this is a constitutional mandate. Wala sa call ng Comelec ‘yan. It’s the call of the Congress and the President.”
Abas assured that the Comelec is looking at best practices in South Korea and the US to keep the elections safe. Part of the measures they are considering are seeking more voting machines, voting by mail and early voting for seniors as part of efforts to make Halalan 2022 safer from the pandemic.
Abas said, “Inaaral na namin ang 2022 just in case magtuluy-tuloy ang pandemic. Meron kaming partnership with international bodies like South Korea, kinukuha natin ang best practices nila. Kung magtuluy-tuloy ang pandemiya in 2022, ready po kami ihold ang election based sa ‘new normal’ na scenario natin.”