Poll exec refutes claim postponing BSKE help gov't save money

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AN OFFICIAL of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City said that postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will not help the government save money contrary to what some lawmakers claimed.

Lawyer Michael Sarno, election officer of Cebu City North District, told SunStar Cebu Monday, July 11, 2022, that the poll body has already started disbursing funds as preparations have been laid out for the BSKE which is scheduled on December 5, 2022.

"As to mo ingon ka nga ma-save nato na siya og dili madayon, dili na tinuod kay sa pagkakaron gasugod naman og gasto," said Sarno.

In recent interviews, Comelec Central Visayas regional election lawyer Ferdinand Gujilde said that the government has allocated P8.6 billion for the conduct of the BSKE.

Several lawmakers have already filled different bills in Congress to postpone the BSKE, claiming that the funds intended for the election can be used for other purposes such as addressing the pandemic.

However, Sarno believed that the funds that can be spared by postponing the election will only be minimal if Congress will not act upon it immediately.

"Magkagamay ang ma-save kung magdugay sila og decide kon ma-postpone ba o dili," said Sarno. (IRT)

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