Comelec issues rules on party-list nominees

March 25, 2010 10:09 pm 

MANILA, March 25 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued on Thursday the rules governing party-list groups and nominees that will be participating in the May 10, 2010 polls.

Based on the poll body's guidelines, a party-list group and its nominees must submit documentary evidence such as their track record, proofs that they adhere to the group's advocacies through speeches, written articles, among others, to prove that they belong to the marginalized sector.

The poll body also requires a nominee to submit certification that he or she is a bona fide member of the party-list group for at least 90 days prior to the election.

Nominees who fail to follow the guidelines will be disqualified. If their party-list group wins in the May 10 national elections, they would not be able to take their seats in the House of Representatives.

Commissioner Armando Velasco said the poll body drafted the rules for party-list nominees because of the absence of laws defining what a “marginalized” sector is and to determine who are those qualified to represent them.

“There are a lot of interpretations about the marginalized sector. It is really broad in a sense so we, on our part, came up with the rules to address questions on what constitute a qualified party-list nominee,” he said. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb


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