Zambales to regulate political campaigns as a precaution against COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales –– The provincial government would regulate electoral rallies and public meetings that candidates for the 2022 election would hold in the province, said Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.
In an executive order issued on Wednesday, October 27, Ebdane said all partisan political activity in the province should be coordinated and approved by his office to ensure they follow strict health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“These traditional practices in the ‘new normal’ will need to be regulated due to the profound impact of COVID-19 which could exacerbate the growing number of positive cases in our province,” Ebdane said.
He described these activities as caravans, parades of cars and political parades which should be organized in several municipalities.
The governor said plans to hold these events should be coordinated with his office through written communication two weeks ahead of schedule.
He said the relevant local government unit would have to approve similar activities to be held in a certain city.
The mandatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test for non-residents who will participate in these political activities if they stay longer than 24 hours or a rapid antigen test for those who stay less than 24 hours are also included in the list. new directives.
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