Sunday, September 16, 2007

Barangay, SK polls postponement pressed

By: Jester P. Manalastas - Journal

SPEAKER Jose de Venecia yesterday announced that a bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be approved on third and final reading at the plenary session tomorrow.

De Venecia said that the immediate approval of the bill is due to the strong support from the different political parties in the House of Representatives.

Earlier, the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms approved the postponement of barangay elections from October 2007 to May 2009.

Committee chairman Makati Rep. Teddy Locsin presented to the plenary the committee report stating that the Commission on Elections had asked Congress to give them at least two years to prepare for the computerized elections. It was approved at second reading.

If the Senate rejects the postponement the elections will proceed as scheduled on October 29.

House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor and Senior Deputy Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales both expressed confidence that the bill will hurdle third-reading approval tomorrow.

They said the Senate has enough time to move it through committee and plenary approval before Congress takes its first break starting October 13.

“It will be up to the Senate to decide whether the polls should be postponed or not,” Defensor said.

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