Poll chief: Comelec waiting for Duterte, Congress' decision on elections for con-con delegates
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is constantly on the get prepared for the October 31 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls but delays for official word from President Rodrigo Duterte as well as the Congress if elections for delegates associated with a feasible constitutional convention (con-con) may also develop this coming year. Within an interview, Comelec chief Andres Bautista stated they're in talks with officials from each the Senate as well as the Residence of Representatives they also count on clearer guidelines when committees are formed and gathered later this month. "Baka mapagpaliban ang barangay at SK [elections], depende sa Kongreso, ung sakaling mapagdesisyunan na ipagsama sa con-con delegates," Bautista stated Friday.
"Tinawagan na kami ng ilang leader ng Kongreso, tinatanong kung ano 'yung mga gastos, ano 'yung iisipin kung 'yun ang magiging desisyon," he added.
Bills for con-con have already been filed ahead of each chambers of Congress, in accordance with Duterte's preference to amend the Constitution. A lot of the hundred delegates for this will likely should be elected. It had previously been proposed that elections with the delegates take place along with the barangay and SK polls. Bautista stated one of several matters becoming deemed is just how much the particular gov’t will save you if these elections are held with each other, too because the "logistical issues" of performing this. Bautista stated possessing each elections in the exact same time will entail some adjustments, such as "tweaks" within the ballot that may be employed relating to the manual polls. Utilizing this type of, he remarked that they are going to require Congress' selection across the matter at a particular time.
"Meron na kaming dates na [isa-suggest], kaya lang ang gusto namin, iprisinta sa mga komite sa Kongreso kapag nagpatawag na sila [sa amin]," he stated.
Asked just when was this attainable deadline, Bautista only replied: "Hindi August." Regardless of this wait, the poll chief mentioned preparations for any barangay and SK polls are now on "full speed," with bidding for essential supplies nevertheless on schedule. Voter registration is at present ongoing, Sundays to Saturdays, such as holidays, till July 30.
"Handa kaming magkaroon ng [eleksyon sa] Oktubre 31, pero kung ang pasya ng Pangulo at Kongreso ay ipagpaliban, puwede rin naman," he mentioned.