Comelec rules party-list nominees must ‘belong’ to sector they represent
Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has issued the rules on the qualification of candidates for party-list representatives, mandating that nominees prove they “belong” to the marginalized sector they seek to represent.
The commission en banc, in a resolution signed March 25, laid out eight criteria for party-list nominees.Aside from the ministerial requirements, the commission defined the nominee as “one who belongs to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s, the sectoral party, organization, political party or coalition he seeks to represent,” the resolution said.
The Comelec also directed the nominees to prove that they showed “active participation” in the advancement of their sector. The nominees should present their “declarations, speeches, written articles” to show their active advocacy of their sector, the resolution said.The Comelec issued the resolution to allow citizens to oppose the candidacy of nominees who they believe are not qualified to represent a marginalized group.
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Lax party-list rules dividing ‘marginalized’ sectors
MANILA, Philippines—While the intent of the introducing the party-list system 4 elections ago is to give smaller parties and organizations, including those of supposed marginalized sectors, the chance to send nominees to Congress, the rules governing the exercise are achieving the opposite.
The trend has been for several groups from the same sectors or with the same advocacies to compete against each other for a limited constituency, instead of consolidating their forces. The result: none of them are likely to get any seat, and their sectors or advocacies don’t get represented in the House.
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