Comelec to recognize dominant majority, minority parties

February 27, 2013 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Feb 27 — The Commission on Elections will determine Thursday which among the political parties will be the dominant majority and minority parties in the coming midterm polls on May 13.

The poll body is set to hear the petitions of political blocs who want to be recognized as dominant majority, including the administration's Liberal Party and United Nationalist Alliance.

The Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats, on the other hand, wants to be recognized as a dominant minority party.

Meanwhile, three parties–Nacionalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition and National Unity Party–also lodged their respective petitions to be one of the major national parties.

The Comelec will determine which parties to be recognized on their established record, coalition and their showing in past elections; the number of incumbent elective officials belonging to them 90 days before the date of election; their identifiable political organizations and strengths as evidenced by their organized chapters; the ability to fill a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level to the position of the President (senators); and other analogous circumstances that may determine their relative organizations and strengths.

Accredited parties will be given copies of the election returns and certificate of canvass based on the Poll Automation Law. (PNA)

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