WITH both the House of Representatives and the Senate already passing their respective versions of the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) believes it will not take long before it is already up for signature of President Benigno Aquino III.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they are confident that the SK postponement bill will be passed into law in time for the October 28 polls.
"There's a consensus naman na dapat postponed. We expect its passage to be quick. We expect it will be passed by end of September," said Jimenez.
He noted how the only remaining hitch in the bill's passage is the two Houses differing position on what to do with incumbent youth leaders.
To note, the House version rejects giving holdover capacity for incumbent youth officials while the Senate version wants them retained until the next conduct of SK polls.
"Magkaiba 'yung terms pa e. Sana ma-harmonize na nila agad," said Jimenez.
Last week, the Senate and the House of Representatives successively passed their respective versions of the bill postponing the SK polls on October 28.
And even in the eventuality that the law fails to be passed, the Comelec expressed its readiness to hold it despite admitting that they have already slowed down their preparations for the SK polls.
"Kasi two million ang capacity ng printer e. So even if we print the SK ballots at a relaxed phase, tapos 'yan in two to three days," said Jimenez adding that the other accountable forms, such as the statement of votes and election returns, for the SK polls have already been printed.
For the SK polls, the Comelec has enlisted a total of 3,205,967 youth voters that will be voting in some 45,775 SK polling precincts. (HDT/Sunnex)