(SPOT.ph) The 2022 Philippine national election is about two months away, and we're already seeing a number of candidates floating their names on television, social media, and our neighborhood through stickers and posters. Aside from its huge impact on the country's political landscape, this year's election is also a big undertaking for voters as there's a long list of aspirants not only for the national posts but also for local posts.
How to Check Your LGU's List of Candidates for the Philippine Elections
If you wish to research each candidate's background and platforms, the Commission on Elections already released sample ballots through their website. All you have to do is choose the city or province where you're voting, and download the ballot template, which comes as a PDF.
Locally, cities have to vote for their representative in the Congress, the mayor, vice mayor, and Sangguniang Panglungsod members (a.k.a. councilors). The latter is called Sangguniang Bayan member if the place is a municipality. Provincial governments, on the other hand, have additional positions: a governor, vice governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan members (a.k.a. board members).
Voters in Manila City, for example, get a sample ballot with a list of candidates for president, vice president, senators, House of Representatives member, mayor, vice mayor, and councilors (Sangguniang Panglungsod). Voters in Sagada in the Mountain Province, on the other hand, get a sample ballot with a list of candidates for president, vice president, senators, House of Representatives member, governor, vice governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member, mayor, vice mayor, and Sangguniang Bayan member.
For more information, visit COMELEC's website.