25 groups lead party-list race: Comelec

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2013 06:16 PM

Comelec may proclaim some party-list winners Thursday

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday said the poll body, sitting as the national board of canvassers, may hold a partial proclamation of winning party-list groups Thursday.

The Comelec en banc is due to meet Thursday afternoon on the proclamation.

The poll body is now computing which group has enough votes to get lower House seats under the party-list system.

Based on the Comelec's initial computation, a party-list group can earn at least 1 congressional seat by getting 2 percent of the votes cast, which is equivalent to around 200,000 votes.

Additional seats may be available to them, as well as to groups with less than 2% of the votes, depending on their share of the party-list votes.

This will be determined through a formula prescribed by the Supreme Court.

There are 58 congressional seats reserved for party-list groups.

The poll body has asked the party-list candidates to submit their own computations for comparison with the Comelec's numbers.

"Kino-compute pa namin kanina. Titignan namin kung mag-partial proclamation kami bukas o sa Biyernes," Brillante said.

Brillantes said at least 12 groups have one guaranteed seat already, since they have the 2% of votes.  

The poll chief said there is a suggestion for these groups to be proclaimed ahead. "Sina-suggest nila... guaranteed one seat which is 12.

Other is 55, 3 maiiwan. May nagsuggest 50, o walo na lang."

Brillantes said those with 2% may get more seats.

The Comelec is waiting for the arrival of more vote results that could alter the total number of votes cast, which is the base figure for determining percentages.

Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna still ahead

The Commission on Elections has released the latest results of the party-list elections on Wednesday.

Based on 95 percent of certificates of canvass tallied by the National Board of Canvassers, Buhay party-list group is ranked first with over 1.2 million votes.

Other groups in the top 10 are: A Teacher, Bayan Muna, 1-Care, Akbayan, Akop Bicol, Abono, OFW Family, Gabriela and Senior Citizens.

In her Twitter account, Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca posted a list of the 25 parties leading the party-list race:

1. BUHAY 1,255,734

2. A TEACHER 1,033,873

3. BAYAN MUNA 945,639

4. 1 CARE 931,303

5. AKBAYAN 820,351

6. AKO BICOL 761,115

7. ABONO 753,161

8. OFW FAMILY 735,854

9. GABRIELA 706,194


11. COOP-NATCCO 640,180

12. AGAP 588,095

13. CIBAC 578,320

14. MAGDALO 561,613

15. AN WARAY 540,210

16. ABAMIN 465,192

17. ACT TEACHERS 449,710

18. BUTIL 437,084

19. ACT-CIS 371,309

20. AMIN 370,351

21. LPGMA 369,989

22. KALINGA 367,839

23. TUCP 365,299

24. YACAP 364,278

25. AGRI 363,204