Comelec urges changes to party-list law as political families find their way into system

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Comelec Chairman George Garcia said Congress should amend the Party-list Law to prevent political families and power brokers from abusing loopholes and easing out genuine representatives of the marginalized sector.

Commission on Elections Chairman George Garcia on Wednesday said Congress should amend the Party-list Law as soon as possible to prevent political families and power brokers from abusing the law’s loopholes and easing out genuine representatives of the marginalized sector.

In addition, Garcia cited Section 8 of the Party-list law which allows the Comelec to accept changes of names or alteration of the order of nominees after initial submission to the poll body during the following circumstances: the nominee dies the nominee withdraws in writing or his or her nomination the nominee becomes incapacitatedThis provision, Garcia said, allows all the nominees of a winning party-list to resign, then submit another set of individuals who are not necessarily members of...

 

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