Voters urged to follow protocols and be on time for Election Day

President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday a special holiday to allow Filipinos to exercise their right to vote

MANILA, Philippines — Three days before the election, the Department of Education’s Election Task Force (DepEd) has urged voters to follow health protocols and be on time when they cast their ballots on Monday, May 9.

During a press briefing on Friday, May 6, Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said election officials will try to strictly enforce health protocols, such as wearing face masks and physical distancing. one meter.

“With the COVID-19 protocols that we will be implementing, expect na natin na mahaba ang pila. We would try to strictly enforce 1 meter social distancing, ‘yan yung kailangan natin isagawa talaga in urban places like Metro Manila,” Pascua said.

“We encourage voters to vote as early as 6 a.m.,” he added. The Electoral Commission (Comelec) has extended voting hours, polling stations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It will be the first time the Philippines has held elections in the midst of a pandemic. President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday a special holiday to allow Filipinos to exercise their right to vote.

Although the Department of Health (DOH) discourages voters with symptoms of COVID-19 from going outside on Election Day, there will be isolated polling stations (IPPs) for voters with a temperature of 37.5 °C and above. Some 65.7 million Filipinos are expected to vote on Monday in a hotly contested election.

A total of 756,083 poll workers will be on duty on polling day, most of them teachers.

Here’s a quick guide to the new rules and what to expect when you vote:

Pandemic elections: your step-by-step guide to voting on May 9

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