COMELEC ISSUES SETS DEADLINE AS NEW RULE FOR MAJORITY AND MINORITY PARTIES’ ACCREDITATION
Political parties may now file a petition for accreditation for the determination of the dominant majority party, the dominant minority party, the ten major national parties, and two major local parties in connection with the upcoming 2019 National and Local Elections. Pursuant to Resolution No. 10514, verified petitions shall be filed with the Commission on Elections, through the Clerk of the Commission, not later than April 10, 2019.
The new set of rules and regulations provides for incentives to be given to political parties that promote the integration of women in their leadership hierarchy, internal policy-making structures, appointive and electoral nominating processes.
Under the new criteria, political parties that will field at least 30% women candidates shall be given the weighted average points of 10 points.
Primarily, however, a party’s ability to field a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level up to the position of Senator is given the highest weighted average of 40 points.
Other criteria include a party’s organizational structure, the number of its incumbent elective officials, and their established record in past elections. A filing and legal research fee of PHP 10,100 will be imposed.