Comelec stopped from proclaiming party-list winners

Five remaining seats in the party-list race will not be allocated yet after the Supreme Court issued a stay order on Wednesday in favor of disqualified group Senior Citizens, whose accreditation was cancelled because of an alleged term-sharing agreement for its two sets of nominees.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of the Court, whose sessions will resume next week following a month-long decision writing break. Read the rest of this entry

Supreme Court halts money ban

The Supreme Court stopped the enforcement of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “money ban” resolution two days after its supposed implementation and days before the May 13 midterm polls.

Malacanang on Thursday chided the Comelec for its anti vote-buying scheme calling it a “shotgun” approach. Comelec’s “money ban” resolution prohibits the withdrawal of more than P100,000 from banks. It also banned the possession, transportation or carrying of more than P500,000 in cash. Read the rest of this entry

SC urged to resolve party-list disqualification cases

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday called on the Supreme Court to finally decide on the petitions of disqualified party-list groups given the poll body’s tight schedule in preparation for the May 13 elections.

“If they decide on it already, we will not be second-guessing anymore if they should be included in our preparations or not, especially in the printing of ballots,” said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento. Read the rest of this entry

SC allows 4 party-list groups to join 2013 polls

Four party-list groups, which have been initially disqualified from participating in the 2013 midterm elections, found relief from the Supreme Court after the justices stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from enforcing its ruling.

Sources said that the High Court, at the resumption of their regular session following a two-week Halloween break, has granted the separate petitions from the party-list groups seeking the issuance of either a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a status quo ante order (SQA) assailing the Comelec’s October 10, 2012 resolution. Read the rest of this entry