By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said party-list groups planning to participate in the May 2019 national and local polls have until April 30 to file their Manifestations of Intent to Participate.
“An April 30, 2018 deadline is set for filing of the Manifestation of Intent to Participate in the 2019 Elections for PL System by as-yet unregistered PL Groups, Coalitions and Organizations; and filing of the Manifestation of Intent to Participate in the 2019 Elections for PL System by existing PL Groups, Coalitions, and Organizations,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a blogpost.
Jimenez said Comelec Resolution No. 10245 also states that the deadline for the submission of petitions for registration of unregistered PL Groups, Coalitions, and Organizations is also on April 30.
“Yes, unregistered PL groups, coalitions, and organizations need to submit their application for registration together with their manifestation of intent to participate in the 2019 polls,” he said.
“This is to remind everyone that a deadline is coming, and it is coming fast,” he added.
During the 2016 polls, a total of 115 accredited partylist groups were allowed to participate in the 2016 party-list elections.
Of the 115 participating partylist groups, 46 organizations are now occupying 59 partylist seats in the House of Representatives.
Section 5, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution states: The House of Representatives shall be composed of not more than two hundred and fifty members, unless otherwise fixed by law, who shall be elected from legislative districts apportioned among the provinces, cities, and the Metropolitan Manila area in accordance with the number of their respective inhabitants, and on the basis of a uniform and progressive ratio, and those who, as provided by law, shall be elected through a partylist system of registered national, regional, and sectoral parties or organizations.
It added that the partylist representatives shall constitute twenty per centum of the total number of representatives including those under the partylist. For three consecutive terms after the ratification of this Constitution, one-half of the seats allocated to partylist representatives shall be filled, as provided by law, by selection or election from the labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural communities, women, youth, and such other sectors as may be provided by law, except the religious sector.