The regional office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec-Caraga) said preparations for the upcoming October Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election continue amid growing public concern over whether the elections would be postponed or not.
Caraga election director Francisco Pobe said there is no slowing down of their preparations and no stopping of the scheduled activities for the electoral process pending approval of congressional bills deferring the elections set for October 23.
“We are still preparing, we will only stop the preparation if higher authorities will order us that the barangay and SK election will be postponed,” Pobe said.
In Resolution 10177, the Comelec will hold synchronized Barangay and SK elections on October 23, 2017.
Some periods and dates prescribed by law for certain pre-election acts are no longer reasonably possible to observe.
The gun ban will take effect on the election campaign. Filing of Certificate of Candidacy, meanwhile, is set from September 23 to 30 while the campaign period will be from October 13 to 21.
Pobe said close coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Education (DepEd), in relation to the October Barangay and SK election was already forged.
The Comelec is now faced with a dilemma over whether to delay or slow down the printing of ballots since Congress remains undecided on a bill filed by Sen. Tito Sotto last May 17 which seeks to reset the October 2017 elections to the fourth Monday of October 2018. By CLC