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Comelec resolves to discontinue all activities for barangay, SK polls

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By Betheena Kae Unite

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has resolved to discontinue all activities performed for the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan elections following President Duterte’s approval to reset the elections.

COMELEC logo (GOV.PH / MANILA BULLETIN)

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(GOV.PH / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a resolution issued by the Comelec signed by Chairman Andres Bautista and other commissioners on Oct. 4, 2017, the poll body ordered to discontinue all ongoing and still to be performed activities, including the enforcement of prohibited acts, in connection with the supposed Oct.23, 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, unless otherwise ordered by the Commission.

Under Resolution 10212, Comelec also directed all officials of the Commission and its deputies “to preserve and maintain all documents, forms and supplies pertaining to the Oct. 31, 2016 and Oct. 23, 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections that are in their custody, until further orders from the Commission.”

The office of the deputy executive director for operations and the education and information department were directed to implement the resolution.

On Sept. 11, 2017, House Bill 6308, entitled “An Act Postponing The October 23, 2017 Synchronized Barangay And Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Amending For The Purpose Republic Act 9164, As Amended By Republic Act 9340, Republic Act 10656 And Republic Act 10923,” was approved on third reading by the House of Representatives.

On Sept. 20, 2017, the Senate Bill 1584, as amended, entitled “An Act Postponing The October 2017 Barangay And Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Amending For The Purpose Republic Act 9164, As Amended By Republic Act 9340, Republic Act 10656, And Republic Act 10923, And For Other Purposes,” adopting for the said purpose House Bill 6308, was approved on third reading by the Senate.

Finally, on Oct. 2, 2017, President Duterte signed into law as Republic Act 10952, the bill to postpone Oct. 23, 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections and resetting the same to the second Monday of May 2018.

On Oct. 4, 2017, the Comelec received a copy of the newly signed law.

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