Comelec gears up for Barangay and SK polls

MANILA — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they continue to prepare for the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls since Congress has yet to pass a law postponing the elections.

Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said they started preparing for the elections, which is set on Oct. 31.

“It is one of those we are projecting as a possibility. But it is still all speculative right not. So we cannot not prepare for the 2016 barangay and SK elections,” he said.

Guia added, “We are cognizant of that possibility. But we don’t want any distractions from our preparations for the elections.”

With this, Guia said that the Comelec en banc had just approved the Calendar of Activities for the village and youth polls.

However, the copy of the Comelec resolution has yet to be promulgated as of press time.

On the other hand, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that members of the Commission en banc did not react on the proposal of Chairman Andres Bautista to postpone the October polls during the regular Tuesday meeting.

“Well, you know, he mentioned it but nobody said anything. Nobody commented on it. Nobody said a thing after he mentioned it. We did not discuss it,” she said.

This despite the statement of the poll body chief that the Comelec will be saving Php5-Php6 billion if they will hold the said polls with the proposed Constitutional Convention (ConCon) in January.

Guanzon said that having funds was not an issue for the poll body since it was given the allocation by Congress.

“Money is not a problem of the Comelec. Congress gave us enough money for conducting elections. It’s not about savings,” she added.

The lady Commissioner believed that the people is excited for the forthcoming polls since they know those who will run in the Barangay and SK elections, and the momentum of the May 9 national and local polls is still there.

“I think people got excited by the last elections. I think they’ll be excited to vote again in the barangay, where they know all the candidates, right? Why not push through with it? Why not take advantage of the momentum of the last elections?” Guanzon said. PNA/