LIST: Some things to expect in 2022 election-related activities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way politicians campaign and how Filipinos vote in 2022.

Here are some of the things to expect during campaign events and on election day itself, according to the Commissions on Elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they will limit the number of people during the filing of certificates of candidacy and campaign events.

"Ang gagawin natin, pagbabawalan natin 'yung maraming entourage. Bawal magdala ng barangay para mag-file ng COC (certificate of candidacy)," Jimenez told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon on Wednesday.

[Translation: What we will do is ban those with a large entourage. You cannot bring the whole village when you file your COC.]

The filing of certificates of candidacy from president down to municipal councilor, as well as the filing of nomination and acceptance, are on October 1 to 8, including weekends, the Comelec said

Jimenez added they will ban eating and enforce physical distancing during political rallies, if ever they are allowed.

"Even with the rally, kailangang mayroong controls. Dapat hindi pwedeng nagsisiksikan, kailangan may social distancing," the official said.

[Translation: Even with the rally, there should be controls. Crowding is not allowed. There should be social distancing.]

The campaign period for president, vice president, senator, and party-list groups is from February 8 to May 7. Campaigning is prohibited on April 14 and 15 for the Holy Week break.

Meanwhile, on election day, voters will be subject to health screening first once they arrive at polling precincts. Those with "questionable" health conditions will vote in "isolation polling places," Jimenez said.

The Constitution sets elections on the second Monday of May, which falls on May 9, 2022.