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Comelec sets accreditation criteria for political parties.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released the criteria to be used in determining the dominant majority, dominant minority, 10 major national and two major local parties to be accredited in the May 2016 national and local elections.

In the said resolution, the poll body said the dominant majority and minority party, the ten major 10 national parties and two major local parties shall be determined on the basis of the following:

1. The established record of the said parties, coalition of groups that now composed them, taking into account among other things, their showing in past elections.

2. The number of incumbent elective officials belonging to them on the last day of the filing of Certificate of Candidacy.

3. Their identifiable political organizations and strengths as evidenced by their organized chapters; the ability to field a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level to the position of the President.

4. Other analogous circumstances that may determine their relative organizations and strengths.

Those that will be designated as dominant majority and dominant minority parties shall be entitled to get copies of election returns (ERs) to be produced by the voting machines, receive electronically-transmitted precinct results, get the copies of the Certificates of Canvass (COCs), and assign official watchers in every polling places and canvassing centers.

The 10 major national parties, on the other hand, shall be entitled to get copies of ERs and COCs, and deploy official watchers; while copies of ERs and COCs shall also be allocated to the two major local parties.

The Comelec said a political party duly registered with the commission may file a verified petition for accreditation for determination of dominant majority party, the dominant minority party, the 10 major national parties and the two major local parties.

It said the petition should be filed not later than November 9 at the Clerk of the Commission along with a filing and legal research fee of P10,100.

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