Comelec OKs random order of party-lists

Posted on June 02, 2012

THE COMMISSION on Election (Comelec) confirmed that they will arrange in random the order of party-list groups who will run in next year’s elections.

Comelec spokesperson James Arthur B. Jimenez affirmed the Comelec action in a text message.

The en banc decision to mix the order is to eliminate the “voting bias� of voters in selecting party-list groups at the top of the list, which is taken advantage of by the party-list groups themselves who place the letter A or a number to get a spot at the top.

“There are groups who really put A’s or numbers on their names so voters who did not chose their party-list groups beforehand will vote for those on the top of the list,� said the official in a phone call.

According to data from the Comelec web site, 12 organizations out of the 187 party-list groups included in the certified list of candidates for party-list for the 2010 elections placed the no. 1 before their names. Meanwhile 103 have names starting with the letter A.

However, the commission is open to talks with interested groups who may oppose the en banc decision.

Filing of Certificate of Candidacy is set on October.