Comelec names LP and UNA as dominant majority and minority parties

March 19, 2013 11:38 pm 

MANILA, March 19 — The Commission on Elections has accredited the Liberal Party as the dominant majority party and the United Nationalist Alliance as the dominant minority party for the May mid-term polls.

The accreditation of parties will give them the right to be given copies of the election returns and certificates of canvass, as well as have their own watchers present in voting precincts and during canvassing as stated under Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law.

There were only six parties vied for accreditation as major political parties.

In determining the dominant majority and dominant minority party, the Comelec considered the following factors:

–record of the party/coalition through their showing in past elections;

–the number of incumbent elective officials belonging to them;

–their political organizations based on their organized chapters;

–the ability to fill a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level to the position of senators; and

–other circumstances that can determine their relative organizations and strengths.

Liberal Party is the political party of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, while UNA is former Pres. Joseph Estrada's party.

In the 2010 polls, the then Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, the political party of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was declared as the dominant majority party while the LP was the dominant minority party.(PNA)

DSP/JMC/UTB

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