For the first time, Comelec raffles ballot spot for party-list



The Comelec on Friday conducted a raffle for the placement of party-lists on the official ballot of the 2013 elections.

MANILA, Philippines – In what was described as a “historic” event that has “never happened before,” the Commission on Elections (Comelec) raffled off the placement of party-lists groups in the official ballot that will be used in the 2013 elections.

Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said that they have decided to conduct a raffle in order to “level the playing field” because of the large number of party-lists whose names start with the number 1 or letter A.

“The reason for these group names is in order for them to be in the top of the listing of party-list groups,” Sarmiento said.

“And so, to level the playing field we decided to conduct a raffle,” he said. “This is a historic first for the party-list groups.”

A total of 136 party-lists will be participating in the 2013 elections.

The raffle was conducted using numbered pingpong balls and a “tambyolo” with the commissioners taking turns in drawing the balls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that this has never happened before in the Comelec.

“The purpose is to avoid abnormal names of party-lists using 1 and A,” he told reporters.

Fifteen party-list groups have names that start with the number 1 while 75 groups have names that start with the letter A.

“What matters now is their number on the ballot,” he said.

Brillantes said that they issued a resolution to no longer use the alphabetical order for the ballot.

When asked if this naming was helpful for the groups, Brillantes said that it might be helping them a bit but it was not a major contribution.

“It’s not always the number 1 that wins. It might help because it’s the first name people see,” Brillantes said.

He reminded all party-list representatives present during the raffle that it was not like lotto where the grand prize was the first slot.

“Even if you are on the number 1 slot, it does not mean that you will win [in the elections],” Brillantes said.

1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy or 1-CARE won the top spot on the ballot.

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  • andresa igbac

    “1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy or 1-CARE won the top spot on the ballot.” 
    —AHIHIHIHI. kaswerte naman nire at sila  pa rin ang top spot nyahahah. dami siguro nila entries sa tambiolo, joke.

  • Felix

    dapat siguro pati na din yun hindi party list na kandidato e raffle din ang slot sa ballot at hwag na alphabetical a to z order.

  • Fred

    Pustahan tayo, yung hindi malalagay o mabubunot na mapabilang sa top ten ay magsasabi na nadaya sila!

  • Kai

    Bakit nag-paparaffle na? Eh may mga pending pang mga  Party List na hindi pa na-dedesisyonan ng Comelec if approved or not.

  • Ugly Bunny

    Tama yan, mag raffle draw tapos sabay i-abolish yung party list system or tanggalan ng pork yang mga yan, redundant and useless positions, not to mention a waste taxpayers money.   :))

  • INQ_reader

    Tama yan. Di na mauubusan sa sari-sari store ng titik “A”


  • buttones

    Why are the chairs covered in plastic sheeting?

  • Your_King

    They are doing all this work just so things can get screwed-up in May when the faulty PCOS machines are unable to scan the ballots properly. But the Palace won’t care as long as Aquino’s bets win.

  • Mabuhay

    another source of corruption in the future… partylists will just pay millions to the likes of “Nicodemo Ferrer”   to be listed first….Ferrer retired with millions in his pocket……

  • joboni96

    wala sanang problema
    if electronic ballotless
    with printed vote receipt

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