MANILA – Administration-aligned Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) was declared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the most dominant party in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday.
Based on Comelec Resolution 10538, PDP-Laban garnered the highest average of 55.74 points.
Nacionalista Party of former senator Manny Villar was declared as dominant minority party for having 35.87 points.
The criteria followed by Comelec were 10 points for political parties with at least 30 percent women candidates and 40 points for the political group’s ability to field a complete slate of candidates from the municipal level up to the senatorial position.
Other criteria include a party’s organizational structure (20 points), the number of its incumbent elective officials (20 points), and their established record in past elections (10 points).
Based on the law, the dominant majority and minority parties were entitled to get the fifth and sixth copies of election returns (ERs) respectively, to be produced by the vote counting machines.
The two parties will receive electronically-transmitted precinct results and get the seventh and eighth copies of the Certificates of Canvass (COCs).
They were allowed to assign official watchers in every polling places and canvassing centers.
Named as major national parties were Liberal Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition, United Nationalist Alliance, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, Workers and Peasants Party, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, National Unity Party, and Aksyon Demokratiko.
The major national parties were entitled to get the 9th to 18th copies of ERs in every polling precinct and 9th to 18th copies of all COCs, and can deploy official watchers in every polling place and canvassing centers. /PN