Comelec glad that a decision on poll postponement was made sooner than expected

The Commission on Elections is glad that Congress fast-tracked the decision on the postponement of the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The House of Representatives and the Senate agreed on Tuesday, August 30, to move the Barangay and SK polls to October 23, 2017. Congress will file a bill postponing the upcoming elections to next year. The measure could be approved on second reading at the House either on September 5 or 6, and on third and final reading on September 12.

"We asked for a clear indication by September 1 whether or not Congress would postpone the elections. We got our answer sooner than expected. All we need now is the signed law to serve as a legal basis for the postponement. " Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

The Commission on Elections temporarily suspended the printing of ballots on Friday, August 26. The Commission previously manifested that, if the elections would be suspended this year, they would prefer for the polls to be moved to 2017, instead of 2018 as originally proposed.

"We are thankful that our lawmakers responded positively to our position that a postponement of the Barangay polls to 2018 would adversely affect preparations for the mid-term elections scheduled for 2019," Jimenez added.

Source: Philippine Information Agency