SK elections moved to October 2016

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has approved the bill that seeks to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year.

Aquino signed Wednesday, March 26, Republic Act 10656 or An Act Postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections to the last Monday of October 2016.

"The Commission on Elections and the Department of Interior and Local Government shall promulgate such rules and regulations necessary to implement this Act within 30 days after its effectivity," the law said.

Because of this development, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they can now concentrate on preparations for the 2016 elections.

“That is good news. It is what we have been waiting for,” he said.

Jimenez said the poll body has only incurred minimal expenses in connection with their preparations for the youth polls, since they have stopped the bidding process for the materials that were supposed to be used on April 25.

“Mostly, we just spent for the information campaign for the SK elections,” said Jimenez.

SK polls were first suspended in October 2013 and this was reset to February 21 this year. But Congress passed this law suspending the elections anew. (SDR/FP/Sunnex)

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