Comelec rejects 5 more party-list groups

By Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2012 05:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2012 07:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has canceled the participation of five more party-list groups in the coming elections.

The five are:

- Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. (Consla);
- Itinerant Vendors Alliance of the Philippines (IVAP);
- 1 Pinoy Kalikasan;
- En Bank, which is represented by landscapers and gardeners; and,
- Partido ng Bayan Ang Bida (PBB).

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the groups are not marginalized.

Brillantes also said that they hope to finish the “party-list cleanup” by tomorrow where they will be announcing the fates of more or less 5 more groups.

Comelec is expecting a final list of less than 100 party-list groups to participate in the coming elections compared to almost 200 in 2010.

Meanwhile, only Smartmatic showed up at the Comelec's pre-bidding for the procurements of the supply and delivery of ballot boxes for the May 13, 2013 national and local elections and the deployment of automated election system (AES) equipment and paraphernalia.

Bidders have until December 19, 9 a.m. to join the bidding process.

The Comelec has approved a budget of P290 million for the supply and delivery of ballot boxes but they will be saving some P200 million if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) allows them to re-use the ballot boxes in 2010.

The only setback is that then VP candidate Mar Roxas has filed a protest for 76,000 out of the 82,000 ballot boxes before the PET. The Comelec is still waiting for the PET's decision to allow them to re-use ballot boxes from 2010.

Brilliantes said they expect the PET to announce its decision by December 11.