Group seeks delay of 2022 polls to 2025

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) – A group filed a petition with the Commission on Elections on Friday to postpone the 2022 general election to 2025 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization called Coalition for Life and Democracy (NCLD) invoked the Constitution which states that the right to life "takes precedence" and is "the highest and most sacred" in the hierarchy of human rights.

It cited the continuing threat of COVID-19, noting that the Omicron variant poses a "clear, present, and imminent danger" even if its detection has yet to be confirmed by health authorities.

The NCLD said the State can use its police power and adopt extraordinary measures to protect health and prevent more deaths from COVID-19.

In its petition, the organization also slammed the meet and greet engagements of aspirants for the 2022 polls as these place the life, health, and safety of the "poor and innocent in grave jeopardy."

"These politicians do not really care about the lives of the poor voters. If they truly are concerned of the plight of the poor, there are many other ways of helping them and not thru assemblies in violation of IATF protocols and end either laws and ordinances making them appear as mendicants for money or relief goods," the NCLD said.

The law provides that national elections are held every six years on the first Monday of May. For next year, the date falls on May 9.

Only the Congress has the power to change the date of elections.