COMELEC halts ballot printing for barangay and SK elections

  • COMELEC halts printing of ballots for the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls
  • The poll body’s announcement came after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte expressed desire to postpone the elections
  • COMELEC said it will resume printing if there will still be no law or joint resolution from Congress on the postponement by September 1

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that it is temporarily stopping the printing of ballots for the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

The poll body’s announcement came after President Rodrigo Duterte openly expressed his desire to postpone the elections, an article published by ABS-CBN News dated August 29 stated.

In expressing his views, Pres. Duterte noted he is taking into consideration the possibility that drug money may be used to fund the campaigns of those running for barangay posts.

As such, COMELEC Printing Committee head, Atty Genevieve Guevarra said in a statement : “If there is still no law, or a joint resolution from Congress on the postponement by September 1, we will resume the printing.”

The COMELEC has started the printing of the ballots for barangay elections last August 21. Printing  of ballots for the SK polls, on the other hand, is slated to begin on September 1.

According to the COMELEC,  each ballot costs P3.00 from the initial price of P3.80 as priced by the National Printing Office.

At least P255-million is expected to be shelled out for the printing of 85 million ballots for the elections which is scheduled on October 31.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is pushing for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay kagawads (councilors); saying they get paid for little work or none at all.

As mentioned in an article published earlier by Kicker Daily, Alvarez said it is better to remove it since all sectors are already well represented by a party list for the youth sector.

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