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Early filing will allow parties an opportunity to respond to legal issues: Comelec.

The application period for petitions for accreditation by political organizations has already begun, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This, according to Comelec Chair George Erwin Garcia, is done to give parties time to respond to inquiries about the legality of their petitions.

“We announced this early in preparation for submitting a petition for accreditation to the Comelec. According to our experience, requests for accreditation are frequently submitted just a few days before an election, after the ballot has already been produced. In a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday, he stated, “We want them to file earlier and then we will finish early the deadline for filing the petition for accreditation.

He continued by saying that verified petitions for registration as a political party or as a coalition of political parties have already begun to arrive at the Office of the Clerk of the Commission.

Garcia, however, claimed that the Commission en banc has not yet determined on the submission deadline.

“If we can wait until next year to submit the petition for accreditation, that would be preferable for me because at least we’ll have the entire year of 2024 to figure out who is genuinely allowed to attend and who isn’t. Even though it happened before, some party-lists received a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order), but their names could not be added to the ballots because the Comelec was just beginning to print,” he continued. “Though there are those who still go to the Supreme Court, for instance, because that happened before,

The polling organization urged organizations and groups to submit their verified petitions for registration before the Commission last month if they intended to register as a political party, a coalition of political parties, or a national, regional, or sectoral group or organization to take part in the party-list system of representation.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays, the Clerk of the Commission shall accept petitions in accordance with Comelec Resolution No. 10673 (In Re: Guidelines on Electronic Filing, Conduct of Hearings/Investigations/Inquiries by Video Conference, and Service).

Applicants may contact the Office of the Clerk of the Commission by phone at 02-85273002 or 02-85272770, email at clerkofthecommission@comelec.gov.ph, or by visiting the official Comelec website at www.comelec.gov.ph for further information and references.

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