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Comelec Aklan all set for barangay, SK polls

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (6 September) -- Everything is in place for the holding of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataang (SK) elections as far as COMELEC-Aklan is concerned.

This was the pronouncement made by Lorena Tumbagahan, OIC Provincial Election Officer of the COMELEC Office here when asked recently on the preparedness of COMELEC –Aklan in the holding of Barangay and SK elections October 29 of this year.

"If the scheduled barangay and SK elections push through on October 29, COMELEC-Aklan is ready. As a matter of fact, the election period for the much-anticipated exercise starts September 29 already. The filing of certificates of candidady is set nationwide on Oct. 11-18, and the filing will be in the respective local government units," Tumbagahan said.

Tumbagahan also disclosed that for the coming political exercise, some 300,578 Aklan voters are expected to troop to voting centers to vote for barangay leaders, while 25,182 SK voters are also expected to join the activity and vote for those who will represent the youth sector in their respective barangays.

Currently, Tumbagahan said that more or less 100 voters are being petitioned to be excluded from the voters' list, coming from the towns of New Washington, Numancia and Madalag. The petition is now being deliberated.

Tumbagahan disclosed the budget of the COMELEC for the coming political exercise is available, while local government units, through the different barangays, have already set aside a mandatory amount as counterpart.

Meanwhile, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita that Malacanang will abide by the decision of the two houses of Congress on the fate of the Barangay and SK polls on October 29 as mandated by law.

Sec. Ermita said however that if it were up to Malacañang, the polls would be held as scheduled next month.

"The Executive branch is also, at this moment, not for the postponement. However, if the Congress passes a law postponing the polls, then we just have to execute it,"Ermita said.

Ermita said that under the 2007 national budget, the government has provided P138.9 million for the SK general registration of voters held last July, and P2.1 billion for the Barangay elections.

"So the government is ready for the elections in October," Ermita stressed. (PIA) [top]

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