THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) reiterated on Friday the deadlines for filing of petitions of registrations of political parties for next year’s National and Local elections.
In a press statement, the Comelec said that it has set “[t]he last day of the registration of political parties on July 15, 2018 and the registration of the coalition of political parties on August 31, 2018, pursuant to Resolution No. 10395.”
Comelec added “However, since the deadline falls on a Sunday, submissions of petitions for political parties will be entertained until 5:00 PM of July 16, 2018, Monday.”
Comelec said that petitions for registration will be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission and will be required to pay a fee of P10,100.
The Omnibus Election Code’s Article VIII, Section 61 stated that “Any organized group of persons seeking registration as a national or regional political party may file with the Commission a verified petition attaching thereto its constitution and by-laws, platform or program of government and such other relevant information as may be required by the Commission. The Commission shall, after due notice and hearing, resolve the petition within ten days from the date it is submitted for decision.”
The same section also stressed, “No religious sect shall be registered as a political party and no political party which seeks to achieve its goal through violence shall be entitled to accreditation.” — Gillian M. Cortez