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What is COMELEC's e-Rally?

A few months ago, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has officially outs a social media platform where 2022 candidates can hold online rallies.
What is COMELEC's e-rally?
File photo: COMELEC e-Rally Channel

No attendance in debates means no air time for e-Rallies

The poll body introduced the Campaign  S-A-F-E COMELEC e-Rally Channel to provide airtime to all aspirants in the running for president, vice president, and senator, as well as to groups vying for a party-list seat.

The live stream of e-Rallies is going to be conducted every night beginning February 8, which is also the official start of the campaign period.

For each post, there will be an allocated time slot, and below is the list:

President: 10 minutes, 3 slots/night
Vice President: 10 minutes, 3 slots/night
Senator: 3 minutes, 5 slots/night
Party-list: 3 minutes, 5 slots/night
Political parties: 10 minutes, 3 slots/night

The COMELEC also announced guidelines on how candidates and organizations can participate in the digital channel. It also said that the platform can help ensure that even those candidates who have less in followers can still have more views and exposure, so to speak.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez noted that presidential and vice-presidential candidates who will skip the debates are no longer allowed to air their electronic rallies (e-Rally) on the said platform. He said that the move is a consequence of refusing to attend their debate. Jimenez added,

We do have the e-Rally that we allow them to use the platform and one of the agreements is that if they skip the debates, then they will not be able to air their e-rallies on our e-Rally platform.

Previously, Jimenez said that all 10 presidential bets have signified their intent to join in the first debate. On the other hand, former Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. said that he is still not sure about his participation as he is "still looking at the format".

The presidential and vice-presidential debates will be held on March 19 and 20, respectively, at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. Meanwhile, the second presidential debate is scheduled for April 3.

Town Hall Debates with audience participation will happen on April 23 and 24, 2022.

To learn more about the platform, you can visit the COMELEC e-Rally Channel on Facebook.

Sources: COMELEC, Via: CNN, Inquirer

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