The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Monday that it has suspended the printing of ballots for the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, following the statement of the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte supporting the postponement of the voting process.
“We are suspending the printing following the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte,” lawyer Genevieve Guevarra of the Comelec printing committee indicated in a press statement released by the poll body.
The Comelec added tat it will be waiting for a “law or joint resolution from Congress” formally postponing the October election polls.
If no law or joint congressional resolution will be released by Thursday, September 1, the Comelec said it will resume printing the ballots for the polls, that is scheduled to commence on October 31st.
The Comelec started printing the voting ballots needed for the Barangay election on August 21, while the printing of ballots for the Sangguniang Kabataan polls is supposed to start on Thursday.
There will be a total of 85 million ballots, each will cost P3.00, will be printed by the National Printing Office, the Comelec said.
President Rodrigo Duterte is leading the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, stating on August 26 that there is a possibility of “drug money” influencing the aforementioned polls.
President Duterte’s constituents in the Senate and House of Representatives also agreed with him and they want to postpone the barangay and SK elections polls.