Zamboanga City barangay elections postponed

Comelec Resolution No. 9793 postpones the barangay polls in Zamboanga City to a date not later than 30 days after the cessation of the cause for such postponement.

According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, the clear priority at this time is the rebuilding of Zamboanga City.

"There is a need to pave the way for a complete clearing operation and [normalization of] the condition of the entire city, which efforts might be affected if the elections would push through," said Jimenez in a post on his Tumblr page.

Barely recovering from the conflict, Zamboanga City is now dealing with floods caused by heavy rains since Friday, October 4.

Security concerns were also raised, citing prevailing intelligence that further attacks on Zamboanga may take place. Of particular concern, said Jimenez, are the areas of Sibuco, Sirawai, and Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte; Tungawan in Zamboanga Sibugay; Sulu; and Basilan.

The poll body noted that available armed forces and police personnel, helping in security and rehabilitation activities in the city, would be depleted if a great portion of that force would be devoted to election duties. READ: PNP to ask Comelec to postpone barangay polls in Zambo

Moreover, the Comelec cited logistical difficulties in pushing through with the elections originally scheduled for October 28: 

Zamboanga City was seized by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels from Sept 9-28, 2013. Rehabilitation and clearing operations in the city are ongoing. READ: Gov't starts Zamboanga rebuilding efforts – Rappler.com