COMELEC IS LIKELY TO INCLUDE THE NAME OF SENATOR GRACE POE IN THE OFFICIAL BALLOTS –JIMENEZ

COMELEC IS LIKELY TO INCLUDE THE NAME OF SENATOR GRACE POE IN THE OFFICIAL BALLOTS –JIMENEZ

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is likely to include the name of presidential aspirant and Senator Grace Poe in the official ballots for the May 9 national and local polls.

In an interview on Wednesday, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said the name of the lawmaker would be in the ballots if the Supreme Court (SC) fails to rule on her disqualification cases before the start of the printing of the ballots early next month.

The poll body official added, “She’s already on the list. So, the question is, whether this case will be resolved in time to say with certainty whether she should stay on that list (or not)? I guess that’s what we are looking forward to: the resolution of this case.”

The statement was issued a day after the High Court started the oral arguments on the cases of Poe. The oral arguments will resume on Jan. 26.

“Remember what we explained the other day that what we have is the list of people who filed Certificates of Candidacy (CoCs) and eliminate them as the elimination becomes final. From that huge list, we eliminate those that the Comelec has declared as nuisance candidates. If someone files disqualification cases and they get disqualified with finality, they will be removed from the list, so it’s a process of elimination,” he explained.

There is an existing temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the SC against the Comelec, which prevents the poll body from removing Poe’s name from the list of candidates.

The poll body has moved the start of the printing of ballots from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, for them to have time to finalize the list of candidates. PNA/northboundasia.com