The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is finalizing a resolution requesting President Benigno Aquino 3rd to ask the Congress to put off the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in October.
“We will be promulgating a resolution asking the President to ask the legislators to postpone the SK elections and not to hold it simultaneously with the barangay elections,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Thursday
Brillantes said the Comelec en banc has reached a consensus that the youth council election on October 28 should be postponed.
“If it is postponed, there will be no SK leaders until probably the next barangay elections. We can show to everyone that our country can run even without the SK. Ultimately, abolition will follow,” he said.
On Wednesday, Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the poll body echoed election lawyer Romulo Macalintal’s recommendation to abolish the youth council because it is not serving its main purpose of providing political training for the youth.
The SK elections were instituted by Chapter VIII of the Local Government Code of 1991. Youth leaders aged 15 to below 18 years old can join the political exercise where one chairman and seven SK kagawads are elected for each barangay.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN