Comelec Commissioner Athrur Lim take his biometric registration as overseas voters of Hongkong at DFA Aseana voting field registration center in Macapagal Ave. Pasay City on Wednesday. (MNS Photo)

Comelec Commissioner Athrur Lim take his biometric registration as overseas voters of Hongkong at DFA Aseana voting field registration center in Macapagal Ave. Pasay City on Wednesday. (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Aside from key figures aspiring to fill government posts in next year’s elections, party-list groups were also among the early birds on the first day of filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila on Monday.

ACT-CIS or the Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support, Anakpawis, and Coop-NAATCO or the Cooperative National Confederation of Cooperatives were among the first groups to file their respective COCs.

More party-list groups are expected to file their COC within the day. The filing will be until Friday at 5 p.m., a report on News TV Live said.

A total of 18,069 elective positions will be up for grabs in the May 9, 2016 elections, and 58 of which are party-list representatives, as stated in Comelec Resolution No. 9982, promulgated last August 18.

If a party-list receives at least 2 percent of the total votes, it shall be entitled to one seat each in the House of Representatives. Those garnering more than 2 percent shall be entitled to additional seats in proportion to their total number of votes, provided it does not exceed three seats, according to Republic Act No. 7941 or the Philippine Party-List System Act.

The party-list representatives shall constitute 20 percent of the total number of the members of the House of Representatives.(MNS)