During the Palawan plebiscite on March 13, Palawanons will not be required to wear face shields as they come to poll precincts and cast their votes to decide on the division of the province into three regions.
Juan Gonzales, Kalayaan election officer, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decided to drop the requirement of health protocols insofar as Palawan natives are concerned, since they lack money to buy such health protection gear.
Though it is no longer mandatory, the Comelec encourages those who will participate in the plebiscite to wear face shields, face masks and observe social distancing to prevent further transmission of Covid19, Gonzales said.
The plebiscite aims to ratify the division of Palawan into three provinces to be held on March 13.
Earlier, the poll body said that the plebiscite would serve as a test run of the health protocols to be implemented in the 2022 national elections amid the pandemic.