Comelec gives party-list groups until March to express intent to run in May 2022 polls

Published February 3, 2021, 1:58 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has given party-list groups until March 31 to file their “Manifestation of Intent to Participate” in the May 2022 national and local polls.


“The manifestation of intent to participate in the party-list elections for the May 9, 2022 NLE may be filed until March 31, 2021 only,” read Comelec Resolution No. 10690 dated January 27.

Under the law, all party-lists groups seeking to run in the forthcoming elections must file their Manifestation of Intent to Participate in the party-list race with the poll body.

The Comelec said no petition denying the “Manifestation of Intent to Participate” may be filed beyond 10 days from its publication.

“A verified petition seeking to deny due course to a manifestation of intent to participate, of both existing and registering party-list groups, organizations, or coalitions, may be filed with the Comelec, by any interested parties within 10 days from the date of publication of the manifestation of intent to participate,” read the resolution.

As to the list of party-list nominees, the Comelec has yet to set a deadline.

“An existing or registering party shall file a complete list of at least five nominees and their corresponding certificates of nomination and acceptance with the Law Department of the Commission within the same period designated for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC),” the poll body said.

A total of 182 party-list groups had submitted their Manifestations of Intent to Participate with the Comelec in the May 2019 midterm polls.

The poll body later allowed 134 party-list organizations to run in the 2019 polls.