Media accreditation for 2019 polls

BACOLOD City – Accreditation for journalists media set to cover the 2019 midterm elections is now open.

A Philippine Information Agency report said that the Commission on Elections-Negros Occidental has opened the accreditation for members of the media for the May 13, 2019 local and national elections.

The report said that the guidelines for mass media accreditation came out March 6 through Comelec Resolution No. 10507, which sets the deadline of the accomplished accreditation form and other requirements on Mar 15, 2019.

Media practitioners, as part of the requirements, must submit endorsement letter from the newspaper, television, radio station or internet news agency employing the applicant signed by the Editor/Station Manager, the resolution said.

As regards freelancers, they need to secure a valid assignment letter from a bona fide media organization for which he/she is on assignment.

The accomplished accreditation form must include two pieces of 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch colored ID photo with white background.

Provincial Election Supervisor lawyer Salud Milagros Villanueva said the requirements should be submitted at the COMELEC Negros Occidental Provincial Office at Door 3B, RS Building at Hilado Cor. Narra Avenue, Capitol Shopping Center (beside C and I Lending Center) in Bacolod City not later than March 15, 5 p.m.

According to the resolution, duly accredited media shall be allowed maximum access to all stages of the electoral process provided that the access shall not be used to undermine any of the protections mandated by Republic Act 10173 otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

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