BY JOANNE NAMNAMA G. PARROCHA
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Commission on Elections has reset the Sangguniang Kabatan (SK) elections from February 21 to April 25, 2015 pending the approval of a bill postponing the elections to October 2016.
The Senate has voted earlier this month to approve on third and final reading a bill postponing the February 21 SK elections. The House of Representatives has also approved its own version of the bill postponing the SK polls to October 2016.
Once ratified by both chambers of Congress, the proposed measure will then be transmitted to President Benigno Aquino III for signature.
The SK election was originally set on October 28, 2013 in time for the barangay elections but was later deferred by Congress to February 21 to pave the way for SK reforms under Republic Act 10632.
Lawyer Joel Gines, La Union provincial elections supervisor, said on Wednesday the Comelec passed Resolution No. 9930 resetting the elections to April 25 pending the enactment of the bill that would postpone the elections to October 2016.
“Postponing SK elections has been approved in the Lower House and has passed the second reading in the Senate. There is no final postponement yet, so the Commission has decided to reset it to April 25 (in the meantime),” said Gines.
A total of 169,112 are qualified and registered youth voters in region one. (MCA/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)