MANILA, Philippines - Gone will be the days when partylist groups with names starting in letter "A" or number "1" occupy the top spots in ballot lists, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.
The poll body has approved Resolution No. 9467 mandating a raffle of accredited party-list groups "for purposes of determining their order of listing in the official ballot" for the May 13, 2013 national and local midterm elections.
The raffle will be held on December 14, at the Comelelec session hall in Intramuros, Manila.
"The raffle shall be conducted in the presence of at least three (3) Members of the Commission; Chairman/President or in his absence, the Secretary-General of the Party-list groups/coalitions and representatives of the media. To ensure the orderly conduct of the raffle, only the persons mentioned herein shall be allowed inside the Session Hall during the raffle," the poll body said in a press statement.
The Comelec will use a raffle drum or "tambiolo" and numbered balls. The number on the balls correspond to the alphabetical order of the party-list organization.
A Comelec member will draw one ball at a time from the drum. The first ball drawn will represent slot number 1 on the ballot, and so forth, according to the commission.
"The Office of the Clerk of the Commission shall then verify the identity of the party-list group/coalition being represented by such number by checking on the list of party-list groups/coalitions. After verifying, the name of the party-list group/coalition being represented by the number shall then be written on a board, depicting the order of listing in the ballot," the Comelec said.
The procedure will be repeated until all the balls inside the raffle drum have been drawn, the Comelec said.