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IATF grants go signal for Comelec voting drill



The national pandemic task force gave its go signal to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to hold a one-day voting simulation next week as part of its preparations for the May 2022 elections, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) had approved the Comelec’s request to conduct the drill on 23 October in San Juan City.

“Approved in the IATF’s 144th meeting is the request of the Commission on Elections to conduct voting simulation exercises on 23 October in San Juan City,” said Roque, who is also spokesperson of the pandemic task force.

The simulation exercise, Roque said, is subject to conditions, including the participants’ adherence to Covid-19 protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing.

Last month, the Comelec also conducted a voting simulation in Pasay City, describing the activity as vital in crafting rules on how next year’s election should be conducted amid the pandemic.

The simulation exercise, the poll body added, was aimed at ensuring Filipino voters’ safety against Covid-19 during the elections.

Meanwhile, Roque said the IATF also approved the request of the Intramuros administration to implement programs in Fort Santiago and the Baluarte San Diego for fully-vaccinated senior citizens.

Local officials in Intramuros resumed their operations in select sites under limited capacity and shortened operating hours.

Individuals who wish to visit Intramuros sites, regardless of their vaccination status, were required to follow the minimum public health standards, including temperature checks.