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MANILA, Philippines – It’s official: there will be no Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year.
President Benigno Aquino III signed on Thursday, October 3, the law postponing the youth council polls that were originally synchronized with the barangay polls on October 28.
On September 24, both chambers of Congress ratified the bicameral report on the postponement of the SK polls after the President certified the measure as a priority.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced on Friday, October 4, that Republic Act 10632 or “An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataang Elections on October 28, 2013 Amending for the Purpose Republic Act 9340 and for other Purposes” had been signed.
Republic Act 9340 sets the schedule of synchronized barangay and SK elections every 3 years, beginning in 2007.
The new date for the SK polls will be between Oct 28, 2014, and Feb 23, 2015, as determined by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
There will be no holdover for current SK officials, who should step down from office when their term ends at noon on Nov 30, 2013.
There will also be no temporary appointments to fill the vacancy until the next elections.
Congress is now coming up with reforms in the youth councils, giving themselves a year to pass reforms into law.
In the Senate, senators JV Ejercito and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV have each filed SK reform bills. – Rappler.com