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Comelec to maintain raffled sequence of party-list groups in ballots for 2019 polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it will maintain the raffled numbering sequence of party-list groups in the ballots despite chances of disqualification.

"After due deliberation, the Commission En Banc resolved to maintain the numbers as raffled in the event that Party-List Groups with pending incidents ultimately be denied accreditation," Colemec said in a press release.

Disqualified party-list groups, if any, and the respective raffled numbers designated to them will be cancelled.

However, the drawn numbering sequence of the party-list groups who will be allowed to participate in the midterm elections will be retained, the poll body said.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 10448, the Comelec conducted an automated raffle on December 5, 2018 to determine the order of appearance of party-list groups in the official ballot.

According to the Comelec, participants whose registrations are final and who were able to file their Manifestations of Intent to Participate in the Party-List Elections on or before May 2, 2018 were included in the raffle draw.

A total of 185 party-list groups have filed their certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONAs) in October and Comelec has yet to release a final list of candidates for the 2019 elections. —Dona Magsino/KBK, GMA News