COMELEC media accreditation now open

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Election Supervisor lawyer Salud Milagros Villanueva said that local mediamen, news bloggers and freelance journalists may now apply for media accreditation for the May 9 national and local elections.

“This is like an all-access pass, without being accredited they cannot enter polling centers or voting centers,” she stressed, referring to the press people, bloggers and freelancers.

The deadline of filing for media accreditation is on March 11 as stipulated in COMELEC Resolution No. 10739 which sets the guidelines for mass media accreditation for the upcoming polls.

Fully accomplished media accreditation form must be endorsed by the publisher, editor in chief, assignment editor, station manager or similar officer of the newspaper, television station, radio station or online publication employing the applicant.

The applications will be submitted to the COMELEC office in Manila for the subsequent release of the media accreditation cards.

Villanueva, who was once a government media practitioner and Public Information Officer, said that official information in view of the May 2022 elections must be sourced out from the concerned COMELEC offices. (PIA Capiz)