By Leslie Ann Aquino
Unless there is a law postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it will just continue preparing for the said polls.
“Until such time as a postponement law is actually passed by Congress and signed by the President, the COMELEC is duty-bound to move forward with its preparations,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said.
He said the decision whether to postpone or not the BSKE polls is up to Congress.
“It is not something that the COMELEC controls,” said Jimenez in his Twitter account (@jabjimenez).
“This is a question addressed to the discretion of Congress,” he added.
On Monday, President Duterte called on Congress to push back the barangay and SK polls from May 2020 to October 2022 in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The President said this is in order to address the shortened terms of sitting officials while also providing them with ample time to finish their programs and projects.
Jimenez said Duterte’s statement with regard to the BSKE was “expected” but he did not elaborate.
The poll official said he will no longer be surprised if there will be moves to postpone the village and youth polls saying that historically, it has always been a target for postponement.
“The idea of pushing for the postponement of the BSKE is neither new nor innovative,” Jimenez said.
“It should not really be surprising,” he added.
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.