Comelec gives Congress more time to decide fate of barangay, SK polls

MANILA-- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is again willing to wait for lawmakers to decide on whether to push through or not with the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections which is set on October 23.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said they are giving Congress more time to deliberate on the matter which is until August 15.

"We fully understand that Congress will only be in session on July 24. That's why we are already assessing up to when we can delay the pressing of that 'go' button," he said in an interview.

Bautista added: "But, definitely, before August 15, they must have a decision already."

Earlier, the poll body has asked legislators to decide the fate of the barangay and youth polls by the last week of July.

The Comelec said deciding early will avoid putting to waste their preparations in case the elections are postponed.

"We already have an agreement with the National Printing Office. But we have yet to hit that 'go' button because we are afraid that, if the elections are postponed while we are printing, we might put to waste public funds since we cannot use them anymore," Bautista explained.

He added that they have already started other preparations and preliminary activities in connection to the scheduled polls.

"If this pushes through on October, we will be ready to hold it," the poll body chief added.

There are pending bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives that aims at postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 2018 and seeks to reset the barangay and SK elections to May 2020, respectively.

Source: Philippines News Agency