Polling chief wants quick turnaround for registration of political parties and party lists

THE Electoral Commission (Comelec) plans to set a fast deadline for the application for accreditation of political parties and party list groups wishing to participate in the May 2025 elections.

In a televised public briefing, Comelec President George Garcia said he wanted the commission to be able to quickly decide which political parties and party lists are eligible to contest the upcoming elections and which are not. not.

“We want them to file early and we want to end the credential filing early,” Garcia said.

“For me, if it’s possible, I want it to be only until next year,” he added.

This, he said, will give the voting body all of 2024 to decide with finality which groups and organizations qualify.

“At least we’ll have all of 2024 to figure out who can participate and who can’t,” he said.

Garcia said he wants to avoid past incidents where accreditation decisions come late.

“Before, we have cases where petitions have not yet been decided a few days before Election Day,” Garcia said.

Last month, Comelec announced that it would already start accepting applications from organizations and groups intending to register as political parties, coalitions or party lists.

No deadline has yet been set for submitting applications.

Article 60 of the Omnibus Electoral Code states that in order to acquire legal personality, qualify it for further accreditation and entitle it to the rights and privileges accorded to political parties, a political party must first be duly registered. with the committee.

On the other hand, article 5 of the law on the list system provides that any organized group of people can register as a party group by filing with Comelec a request verified by its president or its secretary indicating its will to participate in the party. -list system. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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