Village, SK polls most likely to proceed : Comelec

MANILA The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is likely to proceed as scheduled on May 14 with the recent developments in Congress, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

That whooshing sound you hear is the collective sigh of relief exhaled by 57,284,798 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan voters learning that Congress went into recess this week without the Senate having done anything to support the House of Representatives' initiative to postpone the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

Jimenez also cited the pronouncements of some senators and President Rodrigo R. Duterte that the village and youth polls would proceed.

So, barring the occurrence of some supervening event of earthshaking magnitude over the next seven weeks, it would appear that that's as good a guarantee as any, Jimenez added.

Earlier, members of the House of Representatives, voting 164-27, approved the measure postponing the elections anew. They want it moved from May to October 2018.

However, there is no pending proposal to postpone the village and youth polls in the Senate.

Congress is scheduled to go on recess starting Friday (March 23) and is set to resume on May 14.

Source: Philippine News Agency