By J. Jala | 10:19 AM January 10, 2022
The election period for the May 2022 national and local polls started on Sunday, Jan. 9.
According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 10695 promulgated Feb. 10 last year, the election period will last for 150 days or until June 8.
A nationwide gun ban ordered by the Comelec also took effect at midnight of Sunday.
The ban on carrying or transporting firearms and deadly weapons will last until June 8, a month after the May 9 general elections.
The Comelec suspended all firearms licenses and permits to carry firearms outside of residence during this period. Only law enforcement officers deputized in writing by the poll body are permitted to carry such weapons.
Under Comelec Resolution No. 10741 issued last December, only firearms owners who have secured a certificate of authority from the poll body’s committee on the ban on firearms and security concerns are exempted from the ban.
Violation of the ban is an election offense punishable with one to six years imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right to vote.
The Comelec has also prohibited the following during the election period: alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service; use of security personnel or bodyguards by a candidate unless authorized in writing by the commission; organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other such forces; and suspension of elective local officials.
The campaign period will officially start on Feb. 8 for national candidates and on March 25 for local candidates.
That period will end for all candidates on May 7. Afterward, a nationwide liquor ban will take effect on May 8 and 9.