MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, August 29, said it has suspended the printing of ballots for the 2016 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, following the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte supporting the postponement of the vote.
“We are suspending the printing following the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte,” lawyer Genevieve Guevarra of the Comelec printing committee said in a statement released by the poll body.
The Comelec said it will wait for a “law or joint resolution from Congress” formally postponing the polls, set supposedly for October 31.
If no law or joint congressional resolution is out by Thursday, September 1, the poll body said it will resume printing the ballots.
The Comelec started printing the ballots needed for the barangay polls last August 21, while the printing of ballots for the SK elections is supposed to begin on Thursday.
A total of 85 million ballots, each costing P3.00, will be printed by the National Printing Office, the commission said.
Duterte is leading the call to postpone the barangay and SK elections, with him saying Friday, August 26, that there is a possibility of “drug money” influencing the polls.
The President’s allies in the Senate and House of Representatives also said they want to postpone the polls. – Rappler.com
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