An election commissioner admitted that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is “lacking time” for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls leading them to ask for its postponement.
Commissioner Lucenio Tagle said that Comelec has sent a request to Congress as well as the Office of the President to postpone the barangay and SK elections scheduled for October, this year.
“We are asking for postponement, but now it’s up to the Congress or Office of the President (to decide),” he said.
He said he hopes to have the request fast tracked for the poll body to have enough time to prepare printing the ballots and conduct other election-related activities.
“We want to streamline the process and we want to reform SK … well, if it will not be abolished, at least reform it,” Tagle said citing reasons for the postponement.
Recently, the Comelec had started the biddings and committee hearings to discuss preparations for the upcoming electoral exercise.
However, it was learned during the bidding that some bidders were complaining that they were not given enough time by the Comelec.
The Comelec has only two more months to prepare for the election on October 28, 2013.
Despite of some sectors’ determination to pursue the SK and Barangay election, Tagle remains optimistic that their request will be granted.
In case the 2013 SK and barangay election will be suspended, Comelec is planning to have it done in the later part of 2014, but not too close to 2015 so that they have enough time to prepare for the 2016 presidential election, Tagle said.
Based on the timetable presented by the Comelec, it appears that October 15-17 is the scheduled filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC); October 18-26 is the campaign period; and on October 28 is the election period and the gun ban will also commence.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez on the other hand, recently revealed that they have not yet printed the ballots as the bidding is on going.