Elections or none as yet,
Comelec says it’s ready
TAGBILARAN CITY, September 3 (PIA)—In the absence of any official word about the rumored postponement of the synchronized barangay and Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK), Bohol Commission on Elections continue to pursue the election calendar as mandated.
According to Section 1 of the Republic Act No. 9164 as amended by Republic Act No. 9340, it pegged the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (now Katipunan ng Kabataan) Elections on the last Monday of October and every three years after.
But a plenary of the House of Representatives early this week has aggressively pushed for an election postponement.
A similar move is reportedly being traded at the Senate, and both houses apparently are one in the idea of the postponement until next year.
Both moves at the upper and lower house point to the postponement as giving time for President Rodrigo Duterte to fill in vacant positions in government, something that would be effectively suspended in an election period.
Moreover, with the dire need to fix key infrastructure that should jumpstart an economic roll in the rural areas, an election period halts building projects that would delay government efforts to snowball development, sources said.
But unless an amendment of the law is made official through due legislative process or by executive order, then it would not disrupt the election preparation mandates, explains Bohol Comelec supervisor Atty. Eliseo Labaria.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, aired live over DyTR Thursday at 3:30-4:4:30, Atty Labaria added that the COMELEC is still within schedule and despite the reported halting of ballots printing, the poll body is still up to the next task: filing of candidacies for the Barangay and KK officials.
Although not really discounting a poll postponement which is still possible with a month into the filing of candidacies, Bohol Comelec said they are prepared for any eventuality.
The polls, when pushed through would happen October
He said up for grabs are 16 positions: a barangay chairman, 7 councilors, a KK chairman and 7 youth sector councilors.
According to the Comelec, eligible to vote for the barangay elections are registered voters, Filipinos 18 years old and above who have adequately established a residency of at least a year from registration.
Meanwhile, for the KK, eligible to vote are those registered 15 to 30 years old.
For the KK however, only those who are 18-24 are qualified to run for the elective positions.
The above provisions are all contained in the Comelec resolution 10148. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)