Thursday, January 22, 2015

Comelec suspends SK gun ban

CAMARINES SUR-- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) today clarified confusion with regard to the start of the implementation of the gun ban and other provisions related to the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election 2015.

This is after the two Houses of Congress agreed yesterday to once again move the SK polls.

Thus today, the COMELEC en banc  promulgated Resolution No. 9928 which reset the start of the election period from today (January 22) to February 6. It shall last until March 2.

Accordingly, the gun ban and other SK poll regulations will be implemented staring on 6 February.

This, in effect, cuts short the campaign period from 30 days to 15 days, if the youth elections pushes through on 21 February.

As a result, the SK election period will now be from February 6 to March 2.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that the poll body issued the resolution as it awaits the further action of the legislative branch, which is keen on reforming the law governing the SK.

Originally, the the SK polls were set on October 2013. It was later reset to 21 February, this year.

Yesterday, Alexander Marpuri, election officer of the town of Calabanga, posted his reaction on the matter on the Facebook Account of BICOL STANDARD. He said: "[s]eems the COMELEC, to-date, is hopeful to see the imprimatur or signature of Pres. Aquino on the consolidated version of the bill passed by both Houses of Congress, thereby amending R.A. 10632. Henceforth, the postponement of election to 2016, amendments on age limit, qualifications to run for SK Chair or Kagawad shall take effect with finality --BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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