Drilon: Holdovers central to SK poll postponement debate-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Congress has to resolve whether to allow incumbent officials of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to stay if the election will be scheduled to another year, Senate President Franklin Drilon said in a recent briefing.
Moves to postpone the SK elections gained traction in the House of the Representatives and the Senate, which is expected to pass its version on third and final reading on Monday. The SK polls are synchronized with the election of barangay officials on October 28.
“We should have a definition of how to fill up these vacancies. To me that is where the debate should be, but in any case, we approved the Senate version on the second reading and we will approve the third reading on Monday with the understanding that the matter will be discussed again in the bicameral committee,” said Drilon.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) opposes the move to allow incumbent SK officials to stay in office since none of those who won in the 2010 elections are aged 18 during the transition period, which will give way for instituting reforms to the youth council.
"We'd rather see new faces than allowing existing SK officials to remain in office. I cannot however support the bill in Congress as proposed because it essentially abolishes the SK through a three-year postponement. The bill essentially removes elected youth representation in our LGUs (local government units)," said Kabataan partylist Representative Terry Ridon in a text message.
The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms approved the proposal to postpone the polls until the last Monday of October 2016 while the Senate wanted the polls to be conducted next year.
Comelec records show there are 3,205,967 registered voters for SK as the poll body slowed down the printing of SK ballots in light of the developments in Congress. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)