Long overdue na: Aquino hopes barangay polls will push through next year
Sen. Bam Aquino had called on the government to ensure that the long-overdue barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will be held as scheduled in May 2018.
The Senate and House of Representatives have agreed to postpone the scheduled Oct. 23, 2017 twin local polls to May 2018.
The imminent postponement of the barangay and SK elections next month will give election officials and other stakeholders an additional eight months to prepare and ‘iron out all the kinks, he said.
‘This election is long overdue kaya dapat tiyakin ng ating mga opisyal na ito’y matutuloy na sa susunod na taon,” Aquino said on Thursday.
“Wala nang maaari pang gamiting dahilan dahil may sapat silang panahon para plantsahin ang lahat ng gusot,” he added.
There will be no bicameral conference committee as the House adopted the Senate version of the measure on Monday.
The Senate version calls for the postponement to May 2018 and the holdover of current officials until the elections next year.