ONE hundred party-list organizations have already been approved by the Commission on Elections to participate in the forthcoming May 2016 polls, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said on Thursday.
“We have 100 party-list groups already approved by the two Comelec divisions,” Bautista said, referring to the poll body’s first and second divisions.
Of the 100, he said 78 were already existing party-list groups, or have already participated in the previous elections, while 22 were new party-list organizations that have already been approved by the Comelec.
But the Comelec chairman said a total of 243 party-list groups filed their respective manifestations of intent to participate in the 2016 elections and it does not necessarily mean that the approval of the 100 meant the disapproval of the 143.
“Others that were disapproved opted to elevate their cases to the Comelec en banc,” the poll chief said while refusing to provide a number of disapproved groups.
Bautista also said there are also those whose applications are still being heard either in the first or second divisions.
Earlier, the Comelec said they are still looking to finalize the roster of party-list organizations that will be allowed to participate in the next elections by Dec. 5.