Comelec favors postponement of SK elections

September 5, 2013 9:24 am 

MANILA, Sept. 4 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Wednesday expressed support for the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections this year.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters at the sidelines of a House Appropriations committee hearing that he favors most the move to postpone the SK elections that will allow the poll body to see whether the barangay can still fully function even without the SK.

"If it is postponed, we already can see whether the barangay can function without the SK. If it can function smoothly without SK, we can dispense with the SK and we don't have really to hold any further elections. Doon na tayo papunta sa abolition siguro," Brillantes explained after attending the budget presentation.

He noted that the SK, which is composed of a chairman and several councilors (kagawad), has not proven itself to be effective and has become a breeding ground for corruption.

"Madami ngang proposal, they are saying that SK is a breeding ground for very young people learning about politics, handling money, corruption at an early stage," he said. "Wala namang sweldo yung mga kagawad. Ang nagtatrabaho lang diyan ay yung SK chairman."

There is already a resolution filed at the House of Representatives to abolish the alleged senseless SK who failed to deliver. The Comelec inputs is badly needed as Congress requested them to set a date to discuss proposed postponement and possibly abolition.

Comelec is asking for 3.4 billion budget for 2014 but the government comptroller only gave P1.1 Billion budget.

When asked by congressmen where they will get the slashed P2.3 billion, Brillantes claimed that they might tap the savings which is intended is already allotted to build new buildings.

While there is no law or administrative order, the poll body is obliged to continue preparing for barangay and SK elections, which are scheduled on October 28.

Brillantes told the committee that if SK is totally abolished, the government will have a savings of P80 to 90 Million.

Earlier, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., head of the Senate Committee on Local Government, recommended the postponement of the SK polls until 2014. (PNA)

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