Aquino signs law postponing SK polls


President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a law postponing the
Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, originally scheduled to be concurrent with the barangay polls on October 28.

In a press conference, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the President signed ”An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataang Elections on October 28, 2013 Amending for the Purpose Republic Act 9340 and for other Purposes.”

The exact date will be determined by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015, the law said.

The new law cited “no holdover” provision, which prohibits incumbent SK officials from continuing in office after their term expires on November 30, 2013.

Section 3 of the law provides that SK positions shall remain vacant and that no appointment shall be made to their vacated positions until the new set of officials have been duly elected.

On use 10 percent SK funds, the law states that “until the new set of officials have been duly elected and qualified, the Sangguniang Barangay shall use the SK fund for youth development programs.”

The Comelec and the Department of Interior and Local Government “ shall promulgate such rules and regulations,” it added.

The new law shall take effect immediately after its publication.

For the SK polls, the Comelec has enlisted a total of 3,205,967 youth voters that will be voting in some 45,775 SK polling precincts.


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