Comelec wants barangay polls postponed

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Not another election please.

Just a week after the mid-term polls, the last thing the Commission on Elections would like to think about is another election.

On Monday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr told reporters he would like to see the upcoming barangay election in October moved to October next year or January 2015.

He said the poll body will have to deal with the expected protest cases to be filed by losing candidates in the just-concluded national and local elections, so postponing the barangay polls would be a step in the right direction.

“We expect protest cases and I don’t know how many,” he said.

The Comelec cannot by itself decide election dates so Brillantes said he is endorsing pending bills in Congress seeking to move the date of barangay elections.

Senate Bill 3242 seeks to postpone the 2013 barangay elections and synchronize the barangay polls with national and local elections on May 2016. The bill also extends the term of barangay officials to six years.

Under House Bill No. 136, meanwhile, the suggested date of the next barangay polls is the second Monday of May, 2015.

Under HB 62 and Senate Bill 2377, on the other hand, the barangay elections should be held on the second Monday of May 2014 and every three years thereafter. – Mikha Flores, VERA Files

(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for "true".)

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