MANILA - The postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will have no effect on the 2019 mid-term elections, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista said Wednesday.
Speaking to ANC, Bautista said Comelec welcomes the postponement despite the fact that the poll body is already in the thick of preparations for the supposed elections this month.
"What we would have wanted was an earlier decision on whether or not it was postponed but of course, we don't control the process," he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law last Monday a bill postponing the barangay and SK elections this year.
Republic Act 10952 resets the barangay and SK elections to the second Monday of May 2018 (May 14) from the originally scheduled October 23 polls.
Bautista said the postponement is not a problem because Comelec has also started preparing for the 2019 polls.
"While we were preparing for the barangay elections, we also started preparations for the May 2019 elections," he said.
Bautista added that he is thankful the barangay and SK polls were rescheduled to May 2018 as this gives Comelec a full year to prepare for the mid-term polls after the barangay and SK polls.