The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has stated that a whopping 165 party-list groups are vying for a possible 63 seats within the House of Representatives (HoR) in next year’s General Elections.
In addition to that number, 13 more groups are awaiting COMELEC’s decision on their motions for reconsideration after having been rejected during the registration process.
107 more applicants filed appeals for their respective registration denials but to no avail.
On December 1, the poll agency publicly announced the 165 party-lists already registered, as well as the 13 that are seeking approval, that will have their position on ballots determined via raffle.
Said raffle was originally set to take place on December 10 but was later moved to 14 in order to accommodate the pending registrants as they seek out a status quo ante order from the Supreme Court (SC) to avoid exclusion from the raffle, as their initial inclusion by COMELEC was not a guarantee.
As of writing, the upcoming draw also marks the first time that the polling body will conduct the activity virtually.
“The Commission deems it proper to introduce the use of online platforms and mechanisms in conducting the raffle to ensure the safety of all concerned against the ongoing Covid19 pandemic,” COMELEC stated.
Party-lists must have only one duly approved representative joining the virtual raffle, not just any individual, and failure to do so will result in an immediate waver of right to participate and observe the event.
Meanwhile, one of the most dismayed groups among the 107 denied registration has called out COMELEC’s controversial decision.
The Nurses United (NU) party-list heavily criticized and protested the polling agency’s delisting of their group on the grounds that not all of their members are “actual representatives” of the health care sector.
Even after providing documentation for their members in question that certified their involvement in the health care sector, COMELEC maintained its position.
Some of the most notable party-list groups running for a HoR spot in the 2022 General Elections that have been given slots include ACT Teacher’s Partylist, Analpawis Partylist, Bayan Muna, Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines Inc., and Gabriela Women’s Party.