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Brillantes wants October barangay polls postponed

CHAIRMAN Sixto Brillantes Jr. of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said he wants the October 2013 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to be postponed.

Brillantes said in an interview that he is thinking of endorsing a bill again postponing the October barangay elections, saying his agency will be very busy with the midterm elections protests.

“Postponing the [barangay] elections will give the poll body a time to deal with the protests that may possibly come after the May 13 midterm elections,” he said, adding, “The October barangay election is also too close to the midterm elections.”

Brillantes also said the postponement is really needed for the poll body’s preparation for the 2016 presidential elections.

“I’d like to postpone the barangay elections because we’d rather to prepare for 2016 [presidential elections] so I suggest it [the barangay and SK to be moved] to October 2014 or January 2015,” he said.

“By 2014 we are all done in our problems with the midterm elections, we would already have rested and we have also enough time to prepare for the 2016 elections,” Brillantes added.

Under Republic Act 9164 or An Act Providing For Synchronized Barangay And Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, the barangay and SK elections shall be held on the last Monday of October every three years.

Brillantes, however, admitted that the postponement of the barangay elections requires a law. “There are already pending bills…we will endorse them [again]. Officially I will endorse a postponement.”

Senate Bills 3242 and 2377—filed by Senators Ramon Revilla and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.—provide for the synchronization of the barangay and SK elections with the May 2016 elections and postponement of the polls to October 2015, respectively.

 

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