Saturday, October 06, 2007

Barangay polls pushing thru as scheduled

DESPITE being certified as urgent by Malacañang, the bill seeking to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections is dead after the Senate failed to act on it before it adjourned.

Majority Leader Arthur Defensor said that the House of Representatives is already resigned to the idea that the proposal of the House Committee on Suffrage to postpone the elections to May 2009 will not get the Senate’s nod.

It is already certain the elections set on October 29 this year will push through.

“Because the Senate has suspended its session already, there is no chance to act on the postponement. In fact I have given up hope already,” Defensor said.

According to Defensor, the members of the Lower House were very disappointed over the failure of the Upper Chamber to act on the bill, which is the first legislative measure passed by the lawmakers in the 14th Congress.

The Lower House proposed that the barangay and SK elections should be moved from October this year to May 2009 in order to give the Commission on Elections ample time to prepare for computerized polls. Jester P. Manalastas - Journal

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