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Partylist groups have until March 26 for nominees—Comelec

Posted on: February 24, 2010

Partylist groups have until March 26 for nominees—Comelec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:17:00 02/24/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Politics, Eleksyon 2010

Each partylist group can submit before the poll body’s legal department up to five names, three of which will sit as representative if the group garners the required number of votes in the first automated elections in the country, said Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento.

“Unlike in previous elections, the votes in the May national elections would be able to vote for partylist groups based on the sector being represented and the names of the nominees, which would appear on the campaign materials of the groups,” said Sarmiento.

“This ensures transparency in the process because the voters can investigate if the nominee is a member of the sector he wants to represent and thus, champion their rights,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento told INQUIRER.net that a person to be eligible as partylist nominee must be a member of the partylist or sectoral group he was representing as ruled by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, in its two decisions on Comelec cases against Barangay (village) Association for National Advancement and Transparency(Banat) group and Ang Bagong Bayani, ruled that “nominees of partylist groups must be Filipino citizens who belong to marginalized or underrepresented sectors. If he represents the fisherfolk, he must be a fisherfolk, and a senior citizen if he represents senior citizens,” said Sarmiento, quoting the rulings.

Under Republic Act 7941, a nominee must be a natural born Filipino citizen, a registered voter, a resident of the Philippines for a year, able to read and write, member of the party or organization which he seeks to represent for at least 90 days before elections, and is 25 years-old on Election Day.

Nominees of the youth sector must be at least 25-30 years old on Election Day. Any youth sectoral representative who reaches 30 during his term will be allowed to continue until his term expires.

A partylist group nominee may be substituted only when he dies, becomes incapacitated to continue as such, withdraws his acceptance to a nomination or the part withdraws his nomination except for withdrawal after close of polls on Election Day. The name of the substitute shall be placed last in the list of nominees.

Names of the partylist groups to be printed on the special paper ballots will be arranged alphabetically and assigned numbers that can be printed on their campaign materials to aid “recall” among voters, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez in another interview.

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