By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections is eyeing to conduct the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in war-torn Marawi City by September.
But Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez stressed that the proposal has yet to be approved by the en banc.
To note, the poll body held the village and youth elections last May 14 nationwide, except in Marawi City.
The Comelec at that time said an assessment will be made later to determine whether or not elections may already be held.
And based on the evaluation of the poll body, the area seemed already capable of holding an electoral activity.
“The situation in the area has already been evaluated and it appears that the area is already stable…that will serve as our basis,” said Jimenez.
“That’s what we said during the suspension of the election…as soon as it becomes possible to conduct free and fair elections,” he added.
However, he is uncertain on whether Marawi voters have already returned home.
Based on COMELEC records, there are 675,730 registered voters in Marawi City, including 448,044 regular voters and 227,686 SK voters.