THE Congress-approved measure postponing barangay election will be sent to President Rodrigo Durterte within the week for his signature, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said after the House of Representatives adopted the Senate version, particularly the date of the next elections.
During Monday’s plenary session, the House decided to adopt Senate Bill 1584 resetting the barangay elections to October 2018.
In the House version (HB 6308), the proposed date of elections was May 2018.
With both chambers agreeing on the same version, there will be no need for a bicameral conference committee meeting.
The barangay election was originally scheduled on October 23, 2017, but the President said he did not want the same officials get elected anew using drug money.
Due to the new law, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will stop its preparations for the elections. The poll body has already printed around half of the required 59.5 million ballots.
Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista said no paper will be put to waste since these ballots can be recycled for the next elections by covering the old date with stickers or by using correction fluid.