Poll watchdog asks: Is barangay polls delay a 'trial balloon' for No-el?


Posted at Mar 14 2018 09:27 AM

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MANILA - The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the move of a congressional panel to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Eric Jude Alvia, secretary general of NAMFREL, said he hopes that this move is not connected to the push for charter change, noting that it could be a "trial balloon" for the plan to postpone the 2019 midterm polls.

"I hope the barangay is isolated from all these political moves," he told ANC. "It is possible. It could be a trial balloon just to test the sentiments of the people."

The poll watchdog stressed that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are very important events for the voters as they have direct impact on the electorate.

A House of Representatives committee on Monday voted in favor of postponing the elections. Should Congress approve this, it would be the third time for the village elections to be moved.