Aquino signs law postponing SK Polls
Manila, Philippines – It’s final. There will be no Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this coming Oct. 28.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed the law postponing the SK elections in a bid to introduce reforms in the troubled system, Malacañang announced yesterday.
Under the law signed by the President last Oct. 3, the SK elections will be rescheduled between Oct. 28, 2014 and Feb. 23, 2015. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will determine the specific date for the SK polls.
The measure also stated that there will be no holdover capacity for the incumbent SK officials. The positions in the youth council will remain vacant until the new set of officials have been duly elected.
“The law is called an Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on October 28, 2013 amending for the purpose Republic Act 9340 and for other purposes,” Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.
On the use of the SK funds, Valte noted that the Sangguniang Barangay has been authorized to use such fund for youth development programs.
Valte said they will release a copy of the law on the SK poll postponement, including its official Republic Act number, once processing is completed.
The two houses of Congress earlier ratified the proposed measure on the SK polls postponement amid concerns the SK has lost its effectiveness and has become a source of corrupt politicians.