Comelec may hold new raffle if the SC allows disqualified party-list groups to join next year's polls

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

MANILA, Dec. 15 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a second raffle if the Supreme Court will give status quo ante order (SQAO) to other party-list groups after Jan. 4, 2013.

“We might just hold another raffle, but the numbers drawn up for the groups in the first batch will already be reserved to them,” Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.

The poll body is scheduled to conduct on Jan. 4 the raffle on the order of listing of party-list groups in the official ballot in next year’s polls.

During the raffle, a raffle drum and balls with numbers printed on the surface will be used by the commission. The numbers printed on the balls will represent the party-list groups/coalitions according to their alphabetical listing.

The drawing of the balls will be in accordance with the sequence of listing in the ballot, with the first ball drawn to represent slot No. 1 on the ballot, and so and so forth.

Sarmiento hopes that the High Court will resolve with dispatch the petitions before the scheduled raffle.

“We hope they decide with dispatch the pending petitions before January 4 so that we will no longer include those that should not be included,” the Comelec official said.

The poll body postponed the raffle from Dec. 14 to early next month to wait for the decision of the High Tribunal.

A total of 33 disqualified groups have been able to secure reprieves from the SC. (PNA)

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