• Brillantes: SK polls derail preparations for 2016

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    Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes who is retiring in February 2015 said the poll body “is not keen on holding SK [Sangguniang Kabataan] elections” since it would interrupt their preparations and ongoing voters’ registration for the 2016 presidential polls.

    Brillantes explained that they were working to get a large number of registrants for the presidential vote.

    “We ourselves want SK polls abolished,” he said. “I have always felt that the SK is not needed,” he added.

    Instead of holding SK elections, Brillantes said, it would be better if the students who were elected as council presidents or community youth leaders for out of school youths would be appointed to sit as members of the youth council.

    Furthermore, for each SK election, the government would spend “from P1 billion to P2 billion,” the poll body chief revealed.

    In a lighter note, Brillantes is mulling to hold the SK elections in February 2015. He said they have held talks with Congress but no definite date was set.

    According to him, setting the SK elections in February next year would mean they must suspend their ongoing voters’ registration by the latter part of 2014.

    The SK election was supposed to be held in October 2013 together with the barangay elections, but on October 3, 2013, President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed Republic Act 10632 that prompted the postponement of the youth council polls.

    Since November 30, 2013, the SK posts have remained vacant since holdovers for SK positions are not allowed by the law.

    The law, however, directs the Comelec to determine when the next such election will be held, sometime between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.

    Section 8 of Republic Act 8189 or the Voter’s Registration Act of 1996 provides that no registration shall be conducted 120 days before a regular election and 90 days before a special election.

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