• Comelec urged to solve rift in Senior Citizens party

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday was urged to solve a long-running squabble in the leadership of the Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens Inc. or Senior Citizens party-list whose nominees could not sit in Congress despite winning two seats in the May 2016 elections.

    “Last May, being already a senior citizen myself, I decided to vote for the Senior Citizens party-list. I was told that there was some infighting among the members of the Senior Citizens [group]. To my utter dismay, it seems that this is not the first time that this group has had issues that they have not been able to resolve,” Cecile Lopez told reporters in a forum held at Cherry Blossoms Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

    Lopez, before appearing at the forum, went to the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, and submitted her letter addressed to the poll body’s chairman, Andres Bautista.

    “We, senior citizens, want our voices to be heard in Congress. How could that happen when we still do not have representatives there?” she said, clarifying that she has no political affiliations and that what had driven her was her wish for the party-list to fulfill its mandate.

    Senior Citizens party-list was one of the more than 40 party-list groups proclaimed winners by the Comelec following the May elections.

    It also won in the 2010 elections but not one of its nominees was able to occupy a seat in Congress because of infighting among its leaders.

    The issuance of its certificate of proclamation has been held in abeyance as there is a need to determine who among the members of the group’s two factions should be declared the official nominees.

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