TACLOBAN CITY-The Commission of Elections (Comelec) is in the midst of preparation for the holding of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on May 14 of this year.
This was disclosed by lawyer Ma. Corazon Montallana, elections supervisor for Leyte, who dismissed speculations that the barangay elections may be postponed again.
Congress had earlier passed a law cancelling the village and youth polls scheduled on October 23, 2017 to May 14 of this year.
Montallana said that unless Congress cancels again the May 14, 2018 elections, they have no reason not to prepare for the scheduled village elections.
The Comelec en banc had earlier issued the calendar of activities relative to the synchronized barangay and SK elections with the election period set from April 14 up to May 21, 2018.
Those who will run for the barangay and youth elections are to file their certificates of candidacy starting on April 14 to April 20 with the nine-day campaign period to commence on May 4.
The conduct of the barangay and SK polls will be manual unlike the previous 2016 national elections which were conducted through automation.
Meantime, Montallana said that based on their recent listing up, Leyte will have 1.20 million voters for the barangay polls while 478,000 youths or from 15-30 years old, are to participate the SK polls. (MARY ANN PAGAYANAN/SMILE UY, EVSU Student Interns)