Only Congress can postpone elections, say Comelec

The Commission on Elections said that they will continue with the preparations for the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections despite proposals to postpone it.

"Considering the overwhelming support from the Executive branch, Congress, and the Senate, the posponement is likely but we will abide by the law. It is only Congress who can postpone elections," Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano already filed a bill seeking to move the elections to the last Monday of October 2018. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez plans to file a joint resolution also calling for the postponement. House Bill 6420, which seeks to reset the October 2016 barangay elections to October 2018, is still pending in Congress.

"Our preparations will be in full swing this September. We will start with printing of ballots for the SK on September 1," Jimenez added.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said during the Senate Committee on Local Government hearing on the proposed postponement that the Commission is neutral on the issue but also appealed to postpone the polls only until 2017 so as not to coincide with their preparations for the 2019 mid-term elections.

Source: Philippine Information Agency