Comelec launches ‘e-Rally Channel’ for nat’l candidates in May polls
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday inaugurated an online platform that will provide free live-streaming of online rallies of candidates running for national posts in the May elections.
The poll body said in a statement that its S.A.F.E. Comelec e-Rally Channel on Facebook intends to give airtime for candidates running for president, vice president, and senator, as well party-list groups.
The live streaming of e-rallies through https://www.facebook.com/COMELECeRallyChannel/ is set to begin on February 8, which is also the official start of the campaign period for national positions. The Comelec said the streaming will happen every night and be posted on the official social media platforms of the poll body.
A schedule of e-rally time slots for each position will be allocated as follows:
Presidential: 10 minutes, 3 slots/night
Vice presidential: 10 minutes 3 slots/night
Senatorial: 3 minutes, 5 slots/night
Party-list groups: 3 minutes, 5 slots/night
Political parties: 10 minutes, 3 slots/night
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body will issue guidelines on how the candidates and party-list groups can participate in the platform.
“This platform can help ensure that even those candidates who have [fewer] followers can still have more in views and exposure, so to speak,” he explained.
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