Comelec raffles names of party-list group

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The Commission on Elections raffled off on Monday (December 14) the order of party-list groups in the 2016 official ballot.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday (December 14) carried out an electronic raffle to determine the order of the names of party-list groups that will appear on the official ballot of the 2016 elections.

The names of 202 groups were cast into the raffle, and the order was determined by an electronic process which previously underwent a source code review.

Only their order in the ballot was determined, and not their respective numbers. Of the 202 groups that participated, only 101 are fully accredited by Comelec.

The rest have either been denied accreditation or have pending cases that are not yet resolved. So as not to prejudice them or rule them out this early, Comelec decided to include them in the raffle. In case they get dropped from the race, their names will be taken out of the list — and that is when the corresponding number of each party-list group will be determined.

According to Comelec Commissioners, Luie Guia and Rowena Guanzon, the raffle was done for the sake of fairness. They explained that over the years, some party-list groups named themselves with acronyms that start with the letter "A" or the number "1" to position themselves higher on the list.

According to Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo party-list, studies have shown that parties get a 10 percent advantage when they are listed higher on the list.