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Comelec sets March 31 deadline for party-list registration

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The Commission on Elections on Thursday has set the deadline for party-list registration for the upcoming 2022 elections on March 31.

“Under Comelec Resolution No. 10690, the deadline for the filing of Petitions for Registration and Manifestation of Intent to Participate of registering party-list groups, organizations and coalitions is on March 31, 2021,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

Comelec also set the same deadline for existing party-list groups, organizations, and coalitions to file their manifestation of intent to participate.

“Opposition to Petitions for Registration must be filed not later than the date when the case is submitted for resolution, while Petitions to Deny Due Course to a Manifestation of Intent to Participate must be filed within ten days from its date of publication,” Jimenez said.

“Within the same period designated for the filling of Certificates of Candidacy under the Calendar of Activities for the 2022 NLE, a complete list of at least five nominees for Party-List representatives and other required documents in Section 3 of Resolution No. 10690 must be filed with the COMELEC,” he added.

Meanwhile, in case of substitution of party-list nominees by reason of withdrawal, Comelec has set the deadline on November 15.

“However, if it’s by reason of death or incapacity, substitution is allowed until mid-day of election day,” Jimenez said.

“If a nominee withdraws his acceptance, he is no longer eligible to be re-nominated by the same party or be nominated by other parties. If a nominee dies or becomes incapacitated, notice and proof of his death must be filed with the COMELEC within ten days,” he added.

Jimenez said only in cases of valid withdrawal and substitution, or death or incapacity, may alteration in the order of nominees still be allowed after filling. He said the name of the substitute-nominee will also be placed last in the list.

Parties are also required to publish their new list of substitute-nominees, and to submit proof of publication to the COMELEC.

“They have five days from the filling of the list of substitute-nominees to cause its publication, and three days from publication to submit proof of said publication. No substitution is valid unless these requirements are complied with,” Jimenez said.

He also said petitions to deny due course and/or cancellation of nomination of party-list nominees must be submitted within 10 days from publication, or within 10 days from the submission of proof of publication of substitute-nominees to the COMELEC.

Meanwhile, petitions for disqualification of party-list nominees must be filed not later than the date of proclamation.

“The Commission now has broader powers to disqualify or cancel the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) of a nominee. At any time before proclamation, any nominee who is disqualified, ineligible, or lacks the qualification provided by law, or whose nomination is contrary to law and the rules, may be motu propio disqualified,” Jimenez said.—AOL, GMA News

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