Better to reset barangay, SK polls to May 2018, says ex-Comelec commissioner


Posted at Sep 19 2017 08:23 PM


MANILA- If the plan to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections pushes through, it would be better to defer the polls to May 2018, a former commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday.

Speaking to ANC, former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal explained that May 2018 is the best time for the deferment of polls to give the election body enough time to prepare for the 2019 mid-term elections.

"Honestly, it’s better to have elections now, this October. That’s the best option but if you’re gonna move it, May is the second best option," he said.

"Unless you want to throw away the May 2019 elections, October should not even be discussed," he added.

Larrazabal said if barangay and SK elections push through by May next year, there will still be enough time for voter registration.

"Under our current laws, you have to stop registration 120 days before the elections, 90 days before special elections. If you have it May, you can still register from June 2018 to October 2018 [for the 2019 polls]," he said.

Since Congress has yet to enact a law for the postponement of the village and SK elections scheduled on Oct. 23, Comelec last week announced that a ban on firearms, explosives, and other deadly weapons will start Sept. 23 until election day on Oct. 23.