By Leslie Ann Aquino
Partylist groups better be at the Commission on Elections on Wednesday, December 5, if they want to be included in the raffle that will determine the order of their listing in the official ballot in the May 2019 midterm polls.
The Commission on Elections said partylist groups, organizations or coalitions who fail or neglect to send a representative with a written authority under oath during the raffle shall be considered to have waived their right to participate.
But Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said party-list groups who failed to attend will not be excluded in the ballot as their names will still be listed alphabetically below the raffled list.
“For example, out of 100 party list organizations, 50 participated in the raffle. The first 50 spots will be random while the next 50 slots will be listed alphabetically,” he said.
According to Jimenez, the raffle to be conducted will be automated using a raffling program just like what they used in the past.
Based on COMELEC Resolution No. 10448, the raffle will be conducted with the alphabetical listing of all eligible party-list organizations displayed in a projector screen.
A poll commissioner shall then initiate the automated raffle.
As soon as the program completes the random listing of the party-lists, the order of listing shall be printed out as well as displayed on the projector screen.
To be included in the raffle are only those whose registrations are final and who were able to file their Manifestations of Intent to Participate in the Party-List Elections on or before May 2, 2018.
However, the poll body said participants to the raffle will still include existing party-list groups, organizations or coalitions whose registration and accreditation were cancelled by the Commission but were able to secure a status quo ante order from the Supreme Court (SC).
Included also are those whose Petitions for Registration were denied by the Commission but were able to secure a mandatory injunction from the SC.
The raffling will also include those whose registration and accreditation are still pending with the Commission by raffle date, as well as those whose Petitions for Registration were denied by the Commission but have pending Motions for Reconsideration as of raffle date.
The raffle will be held at 10 am at the 8th floor of COMELEC Main Office in Intramuros, Manila.