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Comelec racks up close to P1B in expenses due to waffling on postponement of barangay, SK polls

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has spent close to P1 billion in preparation for the October 23 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls that have been postponed to May 2018.

“The total budget for barangay and SK elections is about P7.6 billion. We have already spent about P900 million,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said.

Bautista explained that P550 million was spent for the printing of the 59,548,410 ballots.

He added the P350 million went to other expenses, including payment for the salaries of personnel.

On October 2, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10952, moving the date of elections from October 23, 2017, to the second Monday of May 2018.

After two days, the Comelec en banc issued Resolution No. 10212 ordering the suspension of all activities related to the village and youth polls.

Likewise, it directed all officials of the poll body including deputies to preserve and maintain all documents, forms, and supplies meant for the barangay and SK elections that are in their custody. (PNA)