Law postponing SK, barangay polls signed

PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has signed into law a bill postponing the December 2022 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to October 2023.

Marcos signed Republic Act (RA) 11935 on Monday, October 10.

"There shall be a synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which shall be held on the last Monday of October 2023 and every three years thereafter," the new law read.

The term of office of officials elected in the 2023 barangay and SK elections shall commence at noon of November 30 following their election.

"Until their successors shall have been duly elected and qualified, all incumbent barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials shall remain in office unless sooner removed or suspended for cause," RA 11935 said.

"Provided, that barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials who are ex officio members of the sangguniang bayan, sangguniang panlungsod, or sangguniang panlalawigan, as the case may be, shall continue to serve as such members in the sanggunian concerned until the next barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections," it added.

Funds to hold the polls next year will be sourced from the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) budget under the General Appropriations Act, or supplementary appropriations to be passed by Congress.

The Comelec earlier said it was ready to hold the elections this year.

Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco said that the postponement of the polls will mean the extension of the voter registration period.

Comelec Chairman George Garcia earlier assured the public that nothing will be wasted if the polls will be deferred.

"The people have nothing to worry. No public funds shall be put to waste. Why? Because if we procure ballpens, these will be the same ballpens that will be used in the event that the elections are reset," Garcia said.

"If we print the ballots for the barangay and SK elections, we shouldn't worry as it has already happened in 2017, when the barangay elections were ordered reset, that we still used the same ballots that have been printed prior to the holding of the elections," he added.

RA 11935 shall take effect immediately following the completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in two newspapers of general publication.

Link: https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/10/13/news/law-postponing-sk-barangay-polls-signed/1862073

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