PH releases accreditation guide for news media and poll watchers

WASHINGTON DC – Guidelines for the accreditation of mass media and national and international observers/monitors for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections in the Philippines have been issued by the Election Commission.

The deadline for filing accreditation requests with COMELEC is fixed at March 11, 2022. Applications submitted after March 11, 2022 and/or with incomplete requirements will not be considered. Interested parties requesting accreditation must submit the following:

Media parties:

  1. A duly completed COMELEC Media Accreditation Form (CMAF);
  2. Two (2) recent 1.5″ x 1.5″ color photographs; and, where applicable, an endorsement from the publisher, editor-in-chief, editor-in-chief, station manager, or similar official of the newspaper, television station, radio station, or the online publication that employs the candidate;
  3. An endorsement from the appropriate officer of the broadcast entity or film distributor that has contracted to broadcast/distribute the work; and
  4. In the case of freelancers, a valid letter of assignment from the genuine media organization for which the freelancer is on assignment.

Applications for the Media evenings must be submitted online to COMELEC via this link –


  1. Duly completed accreditation request form;
  2. Two (2) recent 1.5″ x 1.5″ color photographs of the applicant;
  3. If foreign or foreign group, organization, committee or association, visa issued by the ambassador or consul of the country of origin of the applicant; and
  4. Terms of reference or similar document, explaining the objectives of the election observation mission.

Applications for observer parties should be submitted online to COMELEC via this link –

For more information, see COMELEC Resolution No. 10739 and 10740.

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