- Marawi City would not have its Barangay and SK elections on May 14
- COMELEC earlier said there would be no elections in the city because ‘military assessment’ hadn’t recommended it
- COMELEC also said that because of the destruction in Marawi City, there are no places where voting can be held, and that the elections could not be held outside the city
While all barangays in the Philippines are busy preparing for the upcoming elections on May 14, Marawi City would not have elections until security officials have decided it is safe.
In a story by The Inquirer, Yasmin Hadji Aziz, 34, a mother, said while she had no complains against Barangay officials of Bangon, it would have been better if elections were held.
Aziz was one of the more than 75,000 villagers allowed to return to their homes in the 72 villages that didn’t become a battleground between government soldiers and members of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf forces.
She said she felt sad because “we cannot exercise our right to suffrage.”
Another resident of the city, Jamalodin Mohammad, 37, of Panggao Saduc village, said “elections are a political right. Without it, our village officials would be in holdover capacity… The people could not exercise their right to choose their leaders.”
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) earlier said there would be no elections in Marawi City on May 14 because ‘military assessment’ had not recommended it.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez also said earlier in April, that because of the destruction in Marawi City, there are no places where voting can be held, and that the elections could not be held outside the city.
Gov. Mujiv Hataman of ARMM said he supports the postponement of elections in Marawi.
“It is not wise to have elections at this time after what happened in Marawi. What they need is to strengthen their unity. The barangay election can be so divisive,” Hataman said.
According to The Inquirer, the last time village elections were held in Marawi was October 2013.