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Brillantes eyes SK election synced with barangay polls

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MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is recommending that the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election be synchronized with the barangay polls scheduled for Oct. 2016.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes said the SK polls, mandated by law to be held between Oct. 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015, should be postponed anew because it will interrupt preparations for the May 2016 local and national elections.

"Our position is, if possible, to forego this SK election so that it doesn't get in the way. I am trying to arrange this with Congress, that the SK polls be synchronized with the one for the barangay in October 2016," he explained.

The SK polls, originally scheduled in Oct. 2013, was postponed with the passage of Republic Act No. 10632, mandating Comelec to hold the SK election between Oct. 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.

But Brillantes pointed out that this means the ongoing voter’s registration will have to be suspended for at least three months to allow the poll body to prepare for the SK elections.

Brillantes added that he also has misgivings about spending P2 billion for SK alone, asserting that it will be more practical to hold this alongside the barangay polls.

"I hope this point is understood by every sector," he said.

The poll chief said he is set to discuss the recommendation with Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, who is pushing for the abolition of the SK, and with Sen. Bam Aquino, who is backing proposals to reform SK.

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