THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for the conduct of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in May 2018.
However, this may still depend on the result if it will be ordered that a public hearing be held to ask stakeholders if they are for the holding of the local polls despite the Martial Law extension.
Comelec-Davao assistant regional director Marlon Casquejo said on Wednesday that they will continue with their preparation for the upcoming elections on May 14 since there was no Comelec resolution yet cascaded to their office to suspend it.
“For now, I can say, the election will continue this year depending if we will have a public hearing and the basis is Martial Law. That would be the reason why we will postpone the election,” he said.
Casquejo said there is no need for the intervention of the congress whether to suspend the election in Mindanao since the extension of Martial Law is already a reason that could suspend the election.
Noting the current security landscape, Casquejo said there is a big chance that this year’s election will push through.
The public hearing is yet to be scheduled to gather the consensus of various stakeholders. The Comelec en banc will have the final say on whether the SK elections will push through or not based on the discussion.
“The Comelec en banc will decide based on the reports of AFP-PNP regarding the status of security in the entire Mindanao,” he said.
Should it be suspended, the incumbent officials will be holdover and continue with their duties and responsibilities until Martial Law will be lifted.
Casquejo said whether it will push through or not, they are preparing all the needed equipment.