By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured concerned parties that there will be no unnecessary delays in the recall petition against San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez.
“The COMELEC assures the parties that the matter is being seriously studied and deliberated as it should be, and that there will be no unnecessary delays,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview.
He said the accusation that the poll body was moving too slowly misses the point of the review process.
Jimenez also said that the motion for reconsideration was only filed last January 18, 2018.
“It hasn’t been a month yet, and the COMELEC will not rush to a decision,” he said.
“The matter is being considered by the COMELEC and a ruling will issue in due time,” added Jimenez.
Last December, the Comelec en banc ruled on the sufficiency of the recall petition filed by the supporters of former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora.
On Tuesday, supporters of Zamora held a prayer vigil in front of the Comelec while holding banners urging the poll body to already decide on the recall petition.
Based on the Local Government Code, the recall of any elective local official shall be initiated through a petition of a registered voter in the local government unit concerned and supported by a required percent of registered voters in the local government unit.
Once a recall petition is found sufficient and finalized, the poll body shall then announce the date of elections, the acceptance of candidates to the position with the name of the official sought to be recalled automatically included.