Solon tells Comelec: Get your act together

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ANAKPAWIS Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano said the Commission on Elections (Comelec0 must immediately make clear-cut decision on the results of the raffle that will determine the order of listing of party-list organizations in the ballot.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes refused to validate Friday’s raffle results, saying that 13 new partylists should not have been included in the raffle.

“We expect a clear and final decision after Comelec’s en banc meeting on Monday. May 128 araw na lang bago ang eleksyon. Sana’y umayos ang Comelec sa mga desisyon at proseso nito,” Mariano said.

Despite opposition from election-watchdogs, the Comelec modified its guidelines and accommodated in the raffle 36 disqualified and unaccredited partylists with mandatory injuctions and status quo ante orders from the Supreme Court. Among those include ANAD, Bantay, Ako Bicol, and other groups that are not genuine partylists of marginalized sectors.

“Irregularities by the Comelec and the Supreme Court on the so-called ‘cleansing of partylist groups’ affects the integrity of the entire partylist system. This is unfair for genuine partylist organizations of marginalized social sectors.”

“Election watchdogs are working hard for the delisting and exclusion of bogus partylists in the elections but the Supreme Court granted them status quo ante orders, making a mock of Comelec’s ‘purging’ process,” said Mariano, a three-term representative of workers and farmers under Anakpawis Partylist. Mariano is also the poorest House Member in the 15th Congress.

Mariano called on the public to remain vigilant as the Comelec finalizes preparation for the 2013 mid-term national and local elections.

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