Comelec to save P80 million if SK polls will be postponed

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MANILA, Sept. 4 (PNA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be saving P80 million if the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will be postponed.


“If we will do away with the SK polls, we will be able to save about P60 to P80 million,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in an interview Wednesday.


He explained that bulk of the expenses for the SK polls is for the payment of teachers that will serve as Board of Election Tellers (BETs) in next month’s polls.


Brillantes said that about P63 million is allocated for the BETs honorarium and another P5 million in printing the SK ballots.


He added that the printing of ballots for the Barangay and SK polls will begin next week. The ballot papers that will be used were excess ballot papers used in the May 13 midterm polls.


On the other hand, Brillantes said they are willing to wait for Congress until first week of October for their final decision on whether to postpone the youth polls or not.


“If it is approved anytime prior to two weeks before elections, it is okay with us since we have yet to disburse payment for teachers,” the poll body chief added.


The Senate Committee on Local Government on Tuesday agreed to recommend the postponement of the SK polls and instead hold it in October 2014.


The synchronized Barangay and SK polls is set to be conducted on October 28. (Media ng Bayan)

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