Comelec eyes partial proclamation of winning party-list groups

May 24, 2010 8:06 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, May 24 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of proclaiming the 10 winning party-list organizations on Friday, May 28.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that they are hoping to get enough number to warrant a partial proclamation or the first 10 winning groups.

“As of now, it would seem that we will have enough numbers by Friday to make an initial announcement… At the very least, of the top ten winners,” he said.

Based on the latest NBoC tally, Ako Bicol remains in the lead with 1,522,986 votes followed by Senior Citizens (1,292,182); Buhay (1,249,555); Akbayan (1,058,691); Gabriella (1,001,421); Coop-Natcco (943,529); 1-Care (768,829); Abono (766,615); Bayan Muna (746,019); and An Waray (711,631).

Also in the top 20 are Cibac (647,483); A Teacher (614,725); AGAP (515,501); Butil (506,703); ABC (469,093); AnakPawis (445,628); Kabataan (417,923); LPGMA (417,600); Abante Mindanao (376,011); and ACT Teachers (369,564).

Under the party-list system, groups must comprise 20 percent of the House membership, which is about 57 seats.

The nominees will be determined after all votes for party-list have been tallied with those who can get six percent of the total votes being entitled to three seats, four percent with two seats and those with two percent with one seat.

And if the 57 seats have yet to be filled up by those who have met the required percentages, those groups/organizations running next in the race despite not meeting the two percent requirement will be allocated with one seat each.

Meanwhile, the poll body said they will conduct an investigation on how Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Mary Ann Susano got a hold of the compact flash (CF) cards.

"We are still studying what is the best strategy in the case of this congressman with the CF cards,” Jimenez said.

He said that they are looking at all angles as far as how the lawmaker was able to possess the cards before coming up with the right legal action.

“These will be evaluated and we’ll come up with a proper legal action to address this situation,” he said.

During the hearing of the House Committee on Electoral Reform and Suffrage on poll fraud allegations last Friday, Susano produced at least two flashcards and showed it to Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president Cesar Flores. (PNA)

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