Comelec declares LP, UNA as dominant majority and minority parties
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MANILA, Philippines - The ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the opposition coalition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have been chosen by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as dominant miajority party and dominant minority party respectively for the May 2013 polls.  

This means that LP, as a dominant majority, will get the fifth copy of election returns (ERs) and the seventh copy of the certificates of canvass (COCs) while UNA, as dominant minority, will get the sixth copy of the ERs and the eighth copy of the COCs.  

“We are now preparing a resolution that LP will be the majority party while UNA will be the minority party,” Comelec commissioner Sixto Brillantes said on Tuesday.

The poll body determines dominant majority and minority parties by looking at the political parties' track record in previous elections, number of party members who are incumbent elected officials, the party's ability to complete a slate, among other considerations. 

Based on ranking, the poll body found out that Senator Manuel Villar's Nacionalista Party (NP), which applied to either become a dominant majority or dominant minority party, was higher than Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada's UNA. 

But the Comelec chief said that since NP has members running under the LP-led coalition that include Cynthia Villar, it wouldn't look good if the NP would be declared as dominant minority party. 

The Comelec instead declared NP as among the major national political parties in the 2013 polls that include Lakas-CMD, Nationalist People's Coaltion, and National Unity Party.             

Major national parties will get the ninth to 18th printed copies of the ERs and the COCs, while two major local parties will be given the 19th and 20th copies of the ERs and COCs.