Senate OKs postponement of 2022 SK, barangay polls on final reading

Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2022 06:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2022 07:39 PM

Voter registration resumes at the Comelec office in Manila on June 4, 2022 in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE). Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File 
Voter registration resumes at the Comelec office in Manila on June 4, 2022 in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE). Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File 

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill seeking to postpone the Dec. 5, 2022 barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next year.

Seventeen senators voted to approve the bill, while senators Koko Pimentel and Risa Hontiveros voted against it.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Imee Marcos, proposes to move the polls to Dec. 2023.

Last week, the House of Representatives approved their own version of the bill.

The last barangay elections were held in May 2018. The supposed May 2020 election for barangay leaders and youth councils was moved to Dec. 5 this year through a law.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier said it would need at least P5 billion more if the barangay and SK elections were postponed as it would need to register more voters and procure additional supplies. 

Two poll watchdogs also believe the December elections should push through.

Lawmakers proposing the postponement cited the pandemic and the supposed savings it would generate should the polls be moved next year.