WEARING of face masks is necessary for all individuals collaborating in election campaigns whatever the venue and even in low stage alert areas, in keeping with the Fee on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez clarified on Tuesday that below the principles set by the Fee en banc, violation of minimal well being requirements, together with using protecting shields, like face masks and face shields, is taken into account an election offense below the Omnibus Election Code (OEC).
“No distinction is being drawn on what constitutes dangerous areas. We must always use this face defend, interval,” stated Jimenez in a digital press briefing.
He stated that using face shields stays voluntary in low alert stage or low threat areas however confused that those that have management over these areas have the authority to mandate using the added protecting masks.
“That is the explanation why, for instance, hospitals nonetheless require using face shields even in alert stage 2 areas. On this case, the Comelec made a willpower that the marketing campaign space just isn’t an unusual place and so far as the Comelec is anxious, mandating using a face defend is justified,” Jimenez additional stated.
He stated that till and until Comelec Decision (CR) 10732 is amended, using face shields in all political actions throughout the marketing campaign season would stay necessary.
Part 4 of CR 10732 states: “Topic to the prevailing IATF-MEID tips, all individuals collaborating in election campaigns in no matter capability are mandated to put on full-coverage face shields along with face masks (ear loop masks, indigenous, reusable, or do-it-yourself masks, or different facial protecting
tools) and observe the minimal public well being requirements always throughout the interval of the political exercise.”
CR 10732 units the rules for the conduct of in-person marketing campaign, rallies, caucuses, conferences and conventions, motorcades and caravans, and miting de avance below the brand new regular in reference to the approaching Could 9 native and nationwide elections.
Lawyer Elaiza David-Sabile, director, Comelec Schooling and Info division, defined that there have been two forms of election offenses, specifically: open violation of particular provisions of OEC, particularly sections 87 to 89, including that “something below that provision is taken into account an election offense.”
“And if the supporters of a candidate don’t observe the remark of minimal well being requirements that may be a violation of Republic Act (RA) 11332, which gives insurance policies and procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable ailments, epidemics,and well being occasions of public well being concern.
She stated that complaints below RA 11332 are filed with the prosecutor’s workplace, whereas these below the OEC are filed with the Comelec Authorized Division