Moving brgy polls to October to cramp Comelec's schedule - ex-commissioner

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Posted at Mar 13 2018 11:08 AM

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MANILA - Postponing the barangay elections to October from May this year would overlap with the preparation schedule of the Commission on Elections for the 2019 elections, a former commissioner said Tuesday.

Printing ballots alone for the 2019 elections and the plebiscite eyed for October 2018 would take months, said former Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

Preparing for the plebiscite would take about 4 to 6 months, starting from the time that both houses of Congress would pass a resolution for the conduct of a plebiscite and allot budget for it, he said.

"Sinasabi ng Pangulo natin, ni President Duterte, na gusto niyang mag-eleksyon, di ba? If you do this, you are jeopardizing yung sinasabi ng Presidente na gusto niya ng maayos na eleksyon sa 2019," he told DZMM radio.

The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms on Monday voted 14 to 2 in favor of postponing the elections. A subsequent vote set the polls on the second Monday of October.

However, Larrazabal believes it is likely that the Senate would not come up with a similar measure, especially with just a week before Congress goes into recess.

"Kung ma-postpone ang barangay elections on the side of the House, tanungin natin anong mangyayari sa Senate…Kung sabihin ng mga Senador na ayaw nilang i-postpone ang barangay elections, wala na yan, tapos na yan, tuloy na ang barangay elections," he said.