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Monday, December 1, 2014

Comelec Awaiting Congressional Action on SK Polls Postponement

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on Congress to speed up the passage of a measure which will defer the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to spare the poll body from additional expenses.
Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle issued the appeal as they remain hesitant in finalizing the preparations for the scheduled SK polls on February 21, 2015 as Congress continues its plenary hearings for House Bill 5209.
House Bill 5209, which will reset the date of the SK elections so it will coincide with the next national elections in 2016, has reached the third and final hearing in Congress last week.
“We are already making the preparations (for the SK elections) by getting some of the necessary supplies. But the money, which we will release will be wasted if the election will be postponed,” Tagle said.
With only a few months before the SK polls, Comelec-Bids and Awards Committee has recently began the public bidding for the supplies of election materials, which will be used for the SK elections ranging from ballpoint pens to election forms with a total estimated value of around P37 million.
It will also allocate around P13.3 million for the delivery of these of election paraphernalia to its various polling precincts nationwide.
Comelec, however, has not yet announced any winning bidders for the said projects.
Tagle said Comelec has around P300 to P400 million budget to hold the SK elections, which will cover 43,000 clustered precincts with 2.6 million registered voters.
Comelec has been pushing for the postponement of the SK elections to allow it to focus its attention and resources in holding the 2016 national elections.
Some sectors and groups on the other hand have been pushing for the outright abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
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