MANILA — Political parties have only until Wednesday to file a petition for accreditation before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the determination of the dominant majority party, dominant minority party, among others, in connection with the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections.
The poll body noted that petitions for accreditation of 10 major national parties, and two major local parties are also being accepted.
“Pursuant to Resolution No. 10514, verified petitions shall be filed with the Commission on Elections, through the Clerk of the Commission, not later than March 27, 2019,” the Comelec said in a statement Tuesday.
With this, the poll body has come up with new set of rules and regulations that 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 percent women candidates shall be given the weighted average points of 10 points,” it said.
“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,” the Comelec added.
It also included other criteria such as a party’s organizational structure, the number of its incumbent elective officials, and their established record in past elections.
An organization will be charged with filing and legal research fees amounting to PHP10,100.
Under the rules, dominant majority and minority parties are entitled to get the fifth and sixth copies of election returns (ERs), respectively, to be produced by the vote counting machines; receive electronically-transmitted precinct results; get the seventh and eighth copies of the Certificates of Canvass (COCs), respectively.
They are also allowed to assign official watchers in all polling places and canvassing centers.
As for major national parties, the groups are entitled to get the 9th to 18th copies of ERs in every polling precincts, as well as 9th to 18th copies of all COCs, and can deploy official watchers in every polling place and canvassing centers.
On the other hand, the 19th and 20th copies of the ERs and COCs in their respective provinces or region shall be given to the accredited major local parties. (PNA)
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