Thursday, May 23, 2013

Only 14 partylists got 2% of the votes cast for the partylist. Why proclaim 58?

According to the partylist results as published by the Commission on Elections website (see link), there are just fourteen (14) partylists that so far got 2 percent of the total number of votes cast for the party lists. Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr announced that they'll be announcing 58.

Why? Why are you announcing 58 partylists when most of them did not get the required constitutional percentage of the votes? Comelec is ready mucking up the electoral system!

Imagine, you'll be announcing even those who got less than 1% of the votes. The 2% provision is constitutional. It has a rationale---you cannot claim legitimacy as a partylist representative of the sector you are claiming to represent if you did not get the required votes as stated by the 1987 Constitution.

Do not tell me that the Comelec is above the basic charter? This is too much already.

Migrante likewise noticed a pattern of disfranchisement and vote-shaving even in this era of "automated elections". For example, in Binan Laguna, there is about 2,500 card-carrying members of Migrante. Ask me how many votes they got from there? 100.

This is just one example of how the Commission on Elections destroyed the very integrity of this elections, according to Migrante.

The Commission on Elections should rectify its pronouncement of announcing 58 more partylists. This act of not following the Constitutional limit gives doubt and a disgrace to the democratic system.