The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will continue with its preparations for the Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan (SK) 2020 elections pending the passing of a law that will postpone it.
Jomel Ordas, spokesperson of the provincial COMELEC, said Tuesday that there will be no conflict if the election will be postponed by the Congress.
“Wala naman [magiging problema doon] basta kung ano ‘yong nasa batas ‘yon lang ang i-implement ng COMELEC. Ipapatupad lang namin kung ano man ang existing o bagong election laws. Sa ngayon habang wala pa ang postponement tuloy lang ang COMELEC sa mga preparatory activities kagaya ng darating na voter registration,” Ordas said.
He said the voter’s registration scheduled on August 1 until September 30 will push through unless legislation is passed to postpone it.
The provincial COMELEC’s statement came in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech in the state of the nation address (SONA) urging Congress to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and October 2022 SK elections.
“Congress has to postpone the May 2020 elections, ‘yong barangay at SK in October 2022 to rectify the truncated terms — to also provide them with the ample time to finish their programs and projects,” Duterte said.