Comelec: SK polls shelving possible

BACOLOD City Commission on Elections (Comelec) registrar Mavil Majarucon-Sia said she sees the possibility that the conduct of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls will be postponed.

She cited moves by the Senate and House of Representatives pushing for its postponement.

The election registrar said it is much better if the SK elections be moved because of many timely and good reasons.

She said it is only her own point of view, as she further explained that there had been moves for the abolition of the SK since 2012.

"There is a growing perception that the SK had become worst and postponing it would give lawmakers time to review or study the law that created the SK," Majarucon-Sia said.

She said if ever the elections will be postponed and new guidelines would be drafted, she prefers to raise the age limit from 15-17 to 18 until 21 years old.

Majarucon-Sia said their experience in the recently conducted registrations for the SK and barangay elections had been stressful.

She said even though the registration was already over, she remained busy attending hearings on petitions for exclusion and inclusion of registrants in courts.

Majarucon-Sia, however, insisted they had no qualms on the possibility of postponing the SK elections as proposed by some members of Congress.

She said she had no coordination or communications with Comelec-Central Office, but she talked with provincial election supervisor lawyer Jessie Suarez that the possibility of postponing the SK polls is very huge.

The stand of the Comelec is for the postponement of the SK polls, she said.
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