Comelec urged to step up public info on delisting of 12 partylist groups

May 10, 2013 1:10 am 

DAVAO CITY, May 9 — The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the primary group of labor unions in the country, has urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to step up information on a ruling it issued removing 12 party-list groups from the May 13 midterm elections.

TUCP, also a party-list organization, said it would be unfair to legitimate party-list groups if the public is not fully aware of the exclusion of the 12 party-list groups, hence, most likely will still vote for these delisted groups.

“The voters will be deceived if they are not informed about this development,” TUCP said in a statement. It must be clear to the voters to choose only among the legitimate partylist groups, come election day.

On Monday, the election body disqualified 12 partylist groups, while approving 24 other groups. Those that were delisted included Agapay ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance (A-IPRA, Abang Lingkod (ABANG LINGKOD), Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD), Ang Galing Pinoy (AG), Atong Paglaum Inc. (Atong Paglaum), Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Agilang Pilipinong Magsasaka (KAP), Coalition of Senior Citizens in the Philippines Inc. (SENIOR CITIZENS), Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency (SMART), 1st Kabalikat ng Bayan Ginhawang Sangkatauhan (1st KABISIG), The True Marcos Loyalists Association of the Philippines (BANTAY), Philippine Coconut Producers Federation Inc. (COCOFED) and Binhi Partido ng mga Magsasaka Para sa mga Magsasaka (BINHI).

However, except for one, all the 23 groups whose applications were approved were included in the ballots, while all of those 12 that were disqualified were also included.

However, Comelec Regional Director Wilfredo Balisado said the groups that were delisted will not be included in the program to be used in the precinct count optical scan machines as there is no time anymore to reprint the ballot.

TUCP said Comelec must ensure the voters are fully aware about these delisted groups even before they start voting.

“It is very important for voters to know that they are voting for legitimate partylist groups as these will be their voices in the House of Representatives,” TUCP said. (PNA)

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