Barangay polls to continue even if SK is abolished‏

August 16, 2010 10:51 am 

MANILA, Aug. 15 — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the Barangay elections will push through even if Congress decides to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the scrapping of SK polls will not affect the holding of barangay elections since the two are not dependent on each other.

“We’ll still have it. They are not dependent on each other. It just so happen that it’s synchronized,” he said.

However, Jimenez said personally he does not want the SK to be abolished since it gives the youth the chance to participate in an election.

“I would say let’s go on with it because that will give everyone especially the youth the chance to vote and participate in the process of governance,” he said.

The poll official also said that the decision on whether or not to push through with the polls which are scheduled in October is still up to the lawmakers and not them (Comelec).

“If you want to extend, scrap or reform the SK in any way it’s not us that you should talk to. Talk to Congress. We just do the elections and I think these people know that,” he said.

For them, Jimenez said they would still go ahead with their preparations for the Oct. 25 polls.

“We will not do anything differently unless there’s a law,” Jimenez said.

On the other hand, Comelec officials are expected to meet with senators and congressmen to discuss the proposal to postpone the Barangay and SK elections to a later date.

Earlier, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. 60, with a similar measure by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, that seeks to move the October 2010 elections to October 2012. (PNA) RMA/FGP/rsm


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