Watchdog mulls asking SC to disqualify Akbayan

Posted at 11/22/12 5:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines  Poll watchdog Kontra Daya is poised to appeal before the Supreme Court the retention of Akbayan as an accredited party list organization eligible to run in the 2013 midterm elections.

Kontra Daya convenor Renato Reyes of Bayan bewailed the recent decision of the Commission on Elections retaining Akbayan as an accredited party list group.

He said the group will study the actual Comelec resolution and discuss the possibility of going to the SC.

“The Comelec's basis for accrediting Akbayan is quite strange. It was wrong to pose the issue that what applies to Akbayan should apply to Bayan Muna. The issues we raised were specific to Akbayan (party in power, govt officials, non-marginalized nominees) thus there is no basis for comparison with Bayan Muna,” Reyes said.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said both Akbayan and Bayan Muna were allowed to run in the 2013 midterm polls on similar grounds because both represent multiple sectors. Reyes' Bayan is an affiliated group of Bayan Muna.

“The issue of a multisectoral party was not even raised, yet Brillantes was fixated on this. Comelec seemed to have overlooked the issue of Akbayan's campaign donors. The vote appears to be more political than legal,” Reyes said.

“In the end, the vote on Akbayan undermines the efforts to clean up the partylist system,” he added.