Barangay, SK polls in October doubtful, says poll official

Lawyer Paisal Tanjili, Comelec provincial supervisor, said the Comelec central office recently announced that it is considering holding another synchronized polls this year but a final decision has yet to be made on the matter.

He said a decision may be made before or immediately after the national and local elections on May 14.

"(But) based on experience, this possibility could remain just a possibility since the decision to extend the terms of office of the barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan depends on the decision of the new set of congressmen who will be sworn in as members of the 14th congress come June," he said.

Tanjili said another major consideration is the lack of enough time for the Comelec and the candidates to prepare for another election if it would be set in October.

The last time the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections were held was in 2002.

According to Republic Act 9164, or the act providing for synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the synchronized polls should be held on the last Monday of October every three years.

But the supposed elections in October 2005 were deferred and no date has been set ever since as to when it would push through. The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials elected in 2002 are presently holding office on extended terms.