Party-list purge to save gov’t millions, says Comelec

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The Commision on Elections (Comelec) is expecting to save millions in government funds in next year’s elections with its move to trim the participating party-list groups to only those that are compliant with the law.

Election Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the Comelec’s decision to disqualify dubious organizations supposedly representing marginalized sectors would also mean lesser ballot forms to be printed and for the voters, shorter queuing time to cast their ballots.

In the 2010 elections, more than 180 groups were allowed to participate in the elections, which entailed longer ballots,  Sarmiento said in an interview with reporters.

For the coming polls, the Comelec is looking at less than 100 organizations to be printed in the ballot should the Supreme Court eventually decide in favor of the election body, which disqualified 194 new and existing party-list groups from the 2013 midterm balloting.

So far, only 83 groups have been officially allowed to seek congressional seats through the party-list system elections. But more than 50, whose accreditation were either denied or canceled by the Comelec, were able to seek relief from the Supreme Court.

“If we are looking at less than 120 groups joining next year, that means lesser ballots for printing plus voters will save time going over the list when they cast their votes so that also means faster voting,” said Sarmiento.

He said savings could be “millions in pesos” if there was a shorter list of party-list groups since imported and high-quality paper as well as special ink and bar codes were used for the ballot papers.

The National Printing Office has awarded the P780-million contract to supply and print 55 million ballots for the coming elections to the Holy Family Printing Corp. and its partner Canon Marketing Philippines.

Sarmiento also said a shorter ballot listing would improve the overall voting experience as voters will no longer have to take so much time looking for their choice of party-list group, thus cutting short voting time.

“There are really pluses if ballots are shorter,” he said.

For the first time in the recent history of the party-list system elections, the Comelec decided to review the qualifications of party-list groups vying representation in Congress.

It earlier admitted that the system was becoming a joke with the presence of bogus groups, whose nominees were either multimillionaires or members of a powerful political clan in the country.

Under the law and existing jurisprudence, only those belonging to the marginalized and underrepresented sector of society should be allowed to participate in the party-list system of elections.

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  • randyaltarejos

    Those who may have been purged from the list would misinterpret the Comelec’s action as another way of curtailing the rights of party-list groups to participate in the coming elections. In the absence of an exhaustive law that defines the scope of who can participate, the Comelec would be able to justify its initiative by disqualifying many of them as part of its sincere efforts to undermine the wishes of the people.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    Tama ‘yan. Pag elected na, eh, panay absent. Hindi naman NO WORK NO PAY. Gatasan lang talaga ang government. Sana pati ang mag=ama o mag=ina bawal din. 

  • ODAPAIN

    save our country all together  from this party groups that really are not their worth in the taxes we pay.its really stupid to have the rich represent the marginalized and it makes a fool of the people in comele, paid to be fools ,ginawa na tayong tanga lahat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MICNNIA6HA4VXUTAVXRCXI27TM Ronald

    much better if they totally abolish party list  in congress.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Party-list purge to save gov’t millions, says Comelec<<<

    PARTY-LIST CANCELLATION will save peoples' money BILLIONS, if not TRILLION.

  • PikonNaKami

    Government saves millions from party list purge but COMELEC continues to steal from the government. Take a look at the overpriced 2013 related contracts such as the ballot transport, the warehouse lease and much more.

    Although the concept of party list candidates being purged is a good idea, the real intention of COMELEC is to cut down the length of the ballot paper since the Smartmatic PCOS machines are having trouble reading long ballot papers. 

    • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

      I think thats a separate issue. If we can purge partylist and then purge the corrupt in comelec, ay syempre mas maganda.. 

  • Lord_patawad

    kung bakit naman kasi naging marginalized ang nagtitinda ng LPG (LPGMA). 
    marginalized ka na rin kapag gwardia at tricycle driver. ngayon may isa pang ugok na nagsubok iparehistro ang bikol party list. marginalize na rin daw kasi pag bikolano ka, or kapangpangan. hehehe. 
    then, may mga marginalized na ang pangalan ay AAA, hahaha. people behind these partylist are comedians. and the voters are losers. :-) 

  • Alejandro Canda

    PARTY LIST GROUP IS A SCOURGE OF THE NATION. ABOLISH ALL NOW. NOW NA….

  • tukmoldinako

    sino bang me author ng party list na ito, wala namang ginawa sa bayan , gastos lang ng mga gahaman, mahiya kayo sa taong bayan. kaya marami pang nagbabalak kasi alam nila isang madaling pagkukunan ng pera wala namang nagagawa. pakilathala nyo nga ang mga party list na sinasabi nyo at ilathala din sa lahat kung me mga nagawa. pag inaudit mo mga napuntahan ng pera puro representation lang napunta, hay buhay nga naman, lumipad ang 75M sa wala, representation napunta ni rep ang lahat. mga hunghang ang tawag dyan, tayo rin ang pumapayag sa corruption na sinasabi ninyo.

  • GlenMJacob

    Amendment in the constitution is needed to abolish this ” experimental party list system ” but before the congress does that, I favor they work and pass the FOI bill first.

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