Comelec tightens rules on party-list nominee substitution


    COMING from the controversy involving the Duterte Youth in the 2019 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has tightened the screw on the process of naming party-list nominees and substitutes ahead of the May 2022 race.

    The poll body has issued Comelec Resolution No. 10690 which requires all party-list groups to publish their substitute nominees before they are deemed as valid by the Commission, regardless if they are due to withdrawal, death, or incapacity of the initial nominees.

    “Within five days from the filing of the list of substitute nominees, the party shall cause the publication of its new and complete list of nominees in two national newspapers of general circulation. The party shall submit proof of publication of its new list of nominees with the law department within three days from completion of the said publication,” said the Comelec.

    For withdrawing party-list nominees, the poll body said the withdrawal of nominations and substitution of nominees due to the withdrawal must be filed with the Comelec law department not later than November 15, 2021.

    It also stressed that any nominee who withdraws his/her acceptance to the nomination shall no longer be eligible for re-nomination by the same party or nomination by other parties.