Sang-ayon ang Commission on Elections at si Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. na kailangan ng puspusang paghahanda upang maging matagumpay ang nalalapit na halalan sa 2022 sa kabila ng patuloy na banta ng COVID-19 sa bansa.
“Kailangan… magkaroon po tayo ng tinatawag na guidelines from Comelec,” giit ni Galvez.
Dagdag pa niya, “So, nakita natin ‘yung experience ng US nu’ng nagkaroon sila ng election. At the same time, ngayon ongoing ‘yung campaigning ng India, nakita natin nag-doble ang kanilang mutations. I think we have to prepare for that.”
Siniguro rin ni COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez na matutuloy ang eleksyon sa susunod na taon.
“‘Yung elections were set by the Constitution itself, right? Meaning to say, kung gusto mo i-reset ‘yung elections, kailangan i-amend mo ‘yung Constitution. And para ma-amend ‘yung Constitution kailangan mo ng plebisito to ratify the amendment,” ani Jimenez.
May sapat pa umanong oras ang COMELEC para paghandaan ang nalalapit na eleksyon at anila, may natutunan na umano sila sa mga bansang nauna nang magdaos ng eleksyon sa gitna ng pandemya.
“We have so much time to prepare for it. Kitang-kita natin na kayang gawin ng safe ‘yung elections,” pahayag ni Jimenez.
Ayon pa kay Jimenez, malaki pa rin ang posibilidad na face-to-face ang magaganap na eleksyon subalit kailangan pa ring isaalang-alang ang health protocols upang hindi kumalat ang virus sa polling precincts.
“In-person pa rin siya, number one. Number two, schools pa rin ang pinaka-obvious. Pangatlo, ‘yung one day, marami siguro nakakabit na issue diyan, eh. So, ‘yun ‘yung kailangan natin i-settle within the next few months,” paliwanag ng tagapagsalita ng COMELEC.
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