Comelec releases names of party-list nominees to help voters 'make informed choice'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2019 02:12 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2019 06:13 PM


MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday released the names of party-list nominees in a bid to "enable voters to make an informed choice" during the midterm polls. 

The names of the nominees of 181 party-lists were published on the Comelec's official Facebook page.

 

"The release of the names of party- list nominees was effected to enhance the transparency of the electoral process and to enable voters to make an informed choice," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

"While the COMELEC maintains that, in a party-list elections, it is the party-list organization as a whole that should be evaluated by the electorate, it cannot be denied that the identity of the nominees remains a significant reference for voters," he said.

Several groups have called for the repeal or the amendment of the party-list law as political dynasties have "hijacked" the system, supposed to be a platform for representation of marginalized sectors.

 

At least 49 party-list nominees in the upcoming midterm elections are part of a political dynasty or families that have more than one member elected to a public post.

If their parties garner enough votes, the nominees could occupy 83 percent of the 59 party-list seats in the House of Representatives, data from ABS-CBN's Investigative and Research Group showed.