THE Commission on Elections has formally has ordered the suspension of all activities pertaining to the 2016 barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections, including the conduct of public biddings and procurements for election paraphernalia.
Director James Jimenez, Comelec spokesman, said the order was issued in Comelec Resolution 10164.
Jimenez said the Comelec was able to print 411,000 ballots for Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur until August 26 before finally stopping the printing due to clear indications of election postponement.
“We are now preparing for the barangay and SK elections in 2017. Our field offices are gearing up for the resumption of the voters’ registration in October,” Comelec spokesperson James he said.
Both Houses of Congress passed on final reading their respective versions of the bill postponing the October 31st elections to Oct. 2017 on Tuesday, September 13.
“We are only waiting for the law on the postponement to be signed. The Commission is ready to register an estimated additional 5 million voters starting October,” Jimenez added.
The continuing voters’ registration is set to start on Oct. 3, 2016 and will end on April 29. Around 54 million voters registered for the May 2016 national and local elections while 3,095,187 registered for the Barangay and SK elections.