The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied the accreditation of 126 party-list applicants for the 2022 elections.
In her Twitter account last Wednesday, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said of those with denied accreditation, over 100 filed a motion for reconsideration.
As of press time, Comelec has yet to release the list of party-lists that had been denied accreditation.
Guanzon said Comelec is targeting to resolve their petitions by Dec. 6, 2021 in time for the deadline for the ballot preparation on Dec. 15, 2021.
The accreditation process is the initial process before a party-list could participate in an election.
Under Republic Act 7841 or the Party-List System Act, Comelec may remove or cancel the registration of a party-list based on the following grounds: it is considered religious sect or denomination organized for religious purposes; advocates violence or unlawful means to seek its goal; a foreign party or organization; is receiving support from any foreign government, foreign political party, foundation, or organization; violates or fails to comply with laws, rules, or regulations relating to elections; and declares untruthful statements in its petition.
Those which filed accreditation must then manifest intent to participate before submitting their list of nominees.
Last month, the Comelec listed 270 party lists which submitted their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) as well as their list of nominees.