Comelec throws out 26 partylist groups

comelecsealThe Commission on Elections en banc on Tuesday adopted a resolution deleting 26 partylist organizations from the official list of accredited national, regional or sectoral parties, organizations or coalitions under the partylist system.

In Resolution No. 8679, signed by the Chairman and all commissioners,  the Comelec cited Section 6 of Republic Act 7941 (Partylist System Law)  which states that the poll body may remove or cancel the registration of partylist groups that fail to participate in the last two elections or fails to win at least two percent of all votes cast for partylists.

The deleted partylists are: AGING PINOY, AHONBAYAN, AKSA, AKAPIN, ASAP, A SMILE, ASSALAM, BTM, BAHANDI, COCOFED, GRECON, NELFFI, PMAP, SM, SANLAKAS, SPI, SUARA, ABANSE PINAY, MIGRANTE, AK, PCDO-ACTO, PGBI, ANAK MAHIRAP, ABA AND AKO.

Exempted from the resolution are partylists who were awarded seats under Supreme Court decisions Banat vs. Comelec, and Bayan Muna et al vs. Comelec despite not winning at least two percent of total partylist votes cast in the 2007 elections.

The partylist groups may file a “verified opposition” to the resolution on Oct. 26, 2009.

Below is a scanned copy of the new Comelec resolution, which this blog obtained from a source in the Comelec:

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