Brillantes asks Aquino to certify SK postponement bill urgent-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
WITH just over six weeks before the October 28 synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is asking President Benigno Aquino III to certify bills pushing for the postponement of the youth polls as urgent.
According to Brillantes, the poll body has already asked leaders of Congress for their help in convincing Aquino to hasten the bills’ processing.
"Ang request ko sana pakiusapan nila si presidente na i-certify niyo na yan. Kapag cinertify yan, bibilis e. In one week's time, tapos yan," said Brillantes.
He said that as soon as the postponement of the SK polls is ascertained, the better for the Comelec.
"The earlier the postponement is accomplished, the more we will save," said Brillantes.
Earlier in the week, the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms voted 11-1 to postpone the SK polls while Senate Committee on Local Government has approved a similar measure on second reading.
And according to Brillantes, they are confident that the postponement of the SK polls is “in the bag” already.
“Most probably, our assessment is the House and Senate will be agreeing on a postponement. Mapo-postpone na yong SK elections,” said the poll chief.
With this belief, he said they have already slowed down their preparations for the youth polls.
“Sa ballot printing ng SK, pwedeng sa dulo na yan. We will slow down our preparations,” said Brillantes.
In a related development, the Comelec disclosed that for the Barangay polls, there are a total of 54,051,626 registered voters while eligible voters for the SK polls totaled to 3,205,967 for a total of 57,257,593.
The regular voters will be voting in a total of 170,603 clustered precincts while the SK voters will be doing so in 45,775 precincts distributed in 36,768 voting centers.
Commissioner Luie Guia said the National Printing Office (NPO) has already printed a total of 12,527,736 official ballots, as of Wednesday morning. (HDT/Sunnex)