With the May 2022 elections coming, the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) issued on Thursday Resolution No. 10730 that contains the latest rules and regulations for ensuring fair election practices. These rules include what politicians can and cannot do online, such as at e-rallies.
An e-rally, according to Comelec, is a rally arranged by a candidate for an online audience and covers livestreams by that candidate on any social media platform.
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Any candidate may hold an e-rally as mentioned in Section 36 of Resolution No. 10730. But said candidate must adhere to certain rules. For example, the candidate must:
- Provide full disclosure that the e-rally is for political and election purposes
- Meet minimum health protocols
- Provide recordings of e-rallies to Comelec within 72 hours from broadcast
- Refrain from giving gifts to livestream viewers
When the election campaign period begins January 9, 2022, the Comelec will provide a livestream platform for national candidates.