• Comelec raffles off party-list slots

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    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday raffled off slots for party-list listing in the official ballots for next year’s elections.

    Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said a total of 185 party-list groups were included in the electronic raffle that would determine which party would be number one on the list and so forth.

    The list includes the names of 84 party-list groups whose petitions for accreditation have been denied by Comelec divisions but have pending motions for reconsideration before the commission en banc.

    According to Lim, the en banc is expected to decide on the pending petitions of the 84 party-list groups before Christmas.

    Earlier, the Comelec en banc approved Resolution 9932, which delisted and canceled the registration of 39 party-list organizations for failure to obtain a seat or obtain at least two percent of the votes cast for the party-list system for two consecutive elections.

    Under Republic Act 7941 or the Party-list System Law, the poll body may remove or cancel the registration of a party-list group if it fails to participate in the last two preceding elections or fails to obtain at least two percentum of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two preceding elections for the constituency in which it has registered.

    A party-list group may also be removed if it is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association organized for religious purposes; if it advocates violence or unlawful means to seek its goal, if it is a foreign party or organization; if it is receiving support from any foreign political party, foundation, organization, whether directly or though any of its officers or members or indirectly through third parties for partisan elections purposes; if it violates or fails to comply with laws, rules or regulations relating to elections, if it declares untruthful statements in its petition; and if it has ceased to exist for at least one year.

    Party-list representatives constitute 20 percentum of the total number of members of the House of Representatives.

    A party-list group is allowed a maximum of three seats, depending on the number of votes it gets out of the total votes cast for the party-list system.

    Parties receiving at least two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system is entitled to one seat each and an additional seat if they exceed two percent in proportion to their total number of votes.

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