3 parties in Team PNoy want election return copies

THREE parties allied with administration-backed Team PNoy are seeking copies of the election returns, the poll body said Sunday.

Based on records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Liberal Party (LP), the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and the Nacionalista Party (NP) have filed their respective petitions to be declared as the dominant majority party, and among the 10 major national parties.

The LP is looking to be declared as the dominant majority party while NP and NPC are looking to be included as among the 10 major national parties.

Team PNoy is composed of LP, NP, NPC, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, and the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party.

LP's rivals for the slot are the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and the Lakas-CMD, which may be declared as the dominant minority party.

NP and NPC are also listed as petitioners by the National Unity Party, which are composed of allies of the Arroyo administration who turned their support to President Benigno Aquino III.

The Comelec said the designations shall be determined based on the established record of the party/coalition by taking into account their showing in past elections; the number of incumbent elective officials belonging to them; their identifiable political organizations based on their organized chapters; the ability to fill a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level to the position of senators; and other analogous circumstances that can determine their relative organizations and strengths.

“Before the commission are petitions for accreditation for the purpose of determining the dominant majority party, dominant minority party, 10 major national parties and two major local parties in connection with the May 13 polls,” said the Comelec.

As for local parties, vying for the title are Kusog Baryohanon, Kapanalig At Kambilan Ning Memalen Pampanga (Kambilan), United Negros Alliance, Hugpong Sa Tawong Lungsod (Hugpong) Davao City, Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK), and Arangkada San Joseno Political Party.

Under the Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law, the fifth and sixth copy of the election returns (ERs) and the seventh and eighth copies of the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) will be given to the dominant majority party and minority party, respectively.

Electronically transmitted precinct results shall also be afforded to the dominant majority and minority parties, said the commission.

The ninth to 18th printed copies of the ERs and COCs shall also be given to the 10 accredited major national parties while the 19th and 20th copies shall be given to the two accredited major local parties

Aside from the ER copies, those who will be declared as such would be assured that their official watchers will be given priorities in cramped precincts. (HDT/Sunnex)
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