Conducting virtual elections online due to the ongoing COVID-19 health dilemma seems impractical to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as the local Olympic organization decided to conduct its November 27 face-to-face polls. the newly elected officials will serve for a four-year term until 2024. Paris Olympics.
POC president and Cavite spokesman Abraham Bambol Tolentino confirmed on Wednesday that the election will take place in a spacious venue with a capacity of at least 2,000 people to monitor the maximum social distance.
“We will adhere strictly to the government’s protocols on social gatherings and, if necessary, obtain the necessary permission from the IATF (Interdepartmental Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases),” Tolentino said.
The polls will take place at the Conrad Hotel in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay, or at the East Ocean Palace on Macapagal Avenue in Parañaque, where 51 National Sports Associations (NSAs) will gather to vote.
Tolentino, who extended the term of former POC president Ricky Vargas earlier this year, is expected to run next month. Clint Aran, a member of the POC board and president of archery, is also expected to run.
The other disputed positions are the presidency, vice presidents 1 and 2, the treasurer, the auditor and four members of the board.
Tolentino argued that the election should proceed as scheduled under the POC constitution and bylaws, despite the challenges the country faces in postponing COVID-19 and the Tokyo Olympics for next year.
In addition to the 51 NSA, the POC Electorate also includes two Olympians from the Athletes Commission and Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, a member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.
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