Gabriela files plea for 3rd seat in Congress


Posted at Jul 11 2016 04:15 PM

MANILA - Gabriela party-list filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, urging the high court to order the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to grant its plea for a third seat in Congress.

Gabriela pointed out that there was a mathematical error in the computation of allocated seats for party-list representatives in the May elections.

The party accused the poll body of grave abuse of discretion for "its refusal and continuous failure to act upon [Gabriela's] omnibus motion and urgent motion to resolve."

Gabriela obtained 1,367,795 votes in the polls.

"Comelec, instead of using 59.5 (number of seats available to party-list representatives), used 59 in the formula as an expression of the 20% Constitutional requirement, thereby arriving at 1.985515 instead of 2.0066375. This mathematical inaccuracy, as shown in the case of [Gabriela], results to a deprivation of additional seat that it is entitled to," the petition read.

Ms. Bai Ali Indayla is Gabriela's 3rd nominee.

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