The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has prohibited candidates in the 2022 elections from kissing, taking selfies with and shaking the hands of voters during campaign activities.

The Comelec, in Resolution No. 10732, said the restrictions on traditional campaign activities were imposed to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

The following are prohibited during in-person campaigns, rallies, caucuses, meetings, motorcades and caravans:

  • handshakes, hugs, kisses, going arm-in-arm in any action that involves physical contact among the candidate, their companions , and the public;
  • taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities that require close proximity between the candidate and their companions, and the public;
  • distribution of food and drink, and all other goods or items;
  • entering any private dwelling during house-to-house campaigning, even with the express permission of the homeowner; and
  • crowding, or allowing crowds that violate minimum public health standards (MPHS) around the candidate and his or her companions.

The campaign period for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups is from Feb. 8 to May 7, excluding Apr. 14 and 15, which is the two-day Holy Week break.

The Comelec earlier declared violations of Covid-19 health and safety protocols during campaign activities as election offenses.

It also required candidates to submit affidavits of compliance with health protocols. John Ezekiel J. Hirro