- Pampanga Representative Mikey Arroyo urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to postpone the national election in 2022
- Arroyo explained that people are scared to vote because of the coronavirus threat in the country
- However, the Comelec said that the decision regarding this matter will be up to the Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte
- Meanwhile, Comelec is eyeing the possibility to extend the voting day in 2022 up to two or three days
Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo suggested to postpone the national election in 2022 because of the COVID-19 threat.
KAMI learned that according to Arroyo, people are scared to vote in 2022 because of the coronavirus.
In a report by ABS-CBN News (authored by Gillan Ropero), Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas explained that this matter will be up to the Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Because 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 during that day,” Arroyo explained.
As posted by Manila Bulletin on Facebook, the Comelec said that it is their constitutional duty to hold elections.
Meanwhile, according to the report of Inquirer (authored by Daphne Galvez), the Comelec is eyeing the possibility to hold a two to three-day election in 2022.
‘Yung date ng election is scheduled by the Constitution. So the plan is to hold elections sa May, and then perhaps another two days kung kailangan to continue the elections,” Comelec Executive Director Bartolome Sinocruz Jr. said.
“Parang in-extend lang natin ‘yung voting hours. But that’s still being studied by our law department,” he added.
Last year, prior to the mid-term elections, the Comelec warned that voters and candidates who will be proven to be buying and selling votes will be sent to jail.
KAMI also reported before that there are different ways of buying votes during elections. One of the processes is called “gapangan.”
Born on April 26, 1969, Mikey Arroyo is a Filipino politician who serves as the representative of Pampanga’s 2nd district. He is the son of then Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
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