By Leslie Ann Aquino
An official of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will no longer be surprised if there will be moves to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said the BSKE (Barangay and SK Elections) had always been the target for previous postponements, for one reason or another.
“The idea of pushing for the postponement of the BSKE is neither new nor innovative,” he said in an interview.
“It should not really be surprising,” added Jimenez.
Earlier, senator-elect Bong Go said he would file a bill that would reset the village and youth polls from 2020 to 2022.
This will purportedly allow incumbent barangay and youth officials to serve for a total of four years, just like their predecessors.
The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls have been postponed twice in the past. First from October 2016 to October 2017, and again from October 2017 to May 2018.
The Barangay and SK elections are scheduled to be held on the second Monday of May 2020.
Meanwhile, preparations for the said polls have already started.
In his Twitter account, poll Commissioner Luie Guia revealed that a planning conference was held over the weekend.
“Led by Commissioner Antonio Kho and Director Teopisto Elnas, the @COMELEC planning conference for the Barangay and SK elections outlined a comprehensive schedule of activities for the upcoming poll exercise,” he said.