Political party

Beginning of registrations for party list political groups

Mayen Jaymalin – The Filipino Star

August 29, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines – Early on, the Electoral Commission (Comelec) began accepting registration applications from political groups and party lists intending to contest the May 2025 elections.

“Please note that the Registrar of the Electoral Commission has started receiving verified petitions for registration as a political party or coalition of political parties or national, regional or sectoral party list group,” Comelec announced in a statement. notice.

He said applications for registration can be filed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays.

Interested groups can obtain additional information from the Comelec secretariat by telephone at 02-85273002 or 02-85272770, by e-mail at [email protected]or via the official Comelec website, www.comelec.gov.ph.

Under the Omnibus Electoral Code, a political party must be duly registered with Comelec to acquire legal personality, qualify for subsequent accreditation, and enjoy the rights and privileges of a political party.

Under the terms of the law on the list system, any organized group of people can register as a party group by filing with Comelec a request verified by its president or its secretary indicating its desire to participate in the list system.

91.5 million ballots for b’gay, SK polls

Meanwhile, more than 91 million ballots are needed for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) elections, according to Comelec.

Acting Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco revealed yesterday that the National Printing Office will print a total of 91,518,948 official ballot papers for the December 5 elections.

“Overall, ballot printing will reach 91,518,958 – that’s the enormity of our preparations for the December 5 BSKE,” Laudiangco said in Filipino in a radio interview.

“This is even more than the number of ballots in the May 9 election because for SK voters, the 18-30 age group, two ballots will be accepted: for the regular barangay election and then for the election of SK. Thus, it will reach 91.5 million,” he added.

The total number of ballots to be printed includes 67,061,585 ballots for barangay voters and another 24,457,363 ballots for SK voters, according to the Comelec official.

He said Comelec intended to start printing ballot papers by mid-September, given the high number to be printed.

In addition to printing, Comelec must also schedule time for the verification and deployment of official ballot papers.

“Taking into account all of this, printing, verification, deployment, we need to start in mid-September,” Laudiangco said.