THE six commissioners of the Commission on Elections on Tuesday again opposed Chairman Andres Bautista’s suggestion to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October.
Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said her five other colleagues ignored Bautista when he raised his proposal during their weekly commission meeting on Tuesday.
“He mentioned it but nobody said anything,” Guanzon told the reporters minutes after their meeting.
“Nobody commented on it. Nobody said a thing after he mentioned it. We did not discuss it.”
Guanzon also rejected Bautista’s “financial” reason, saying the Comelec had enough funds to conduct a manual barangay and youth elections.
“Money is not a problem. Congress gave us enough money for conducting elections. It’s not about savings,” Guanzon said.
The cold shoulder given to Bautista’s proposal came after he insisted Monday that the government could save P5 billion to P6 billion if they postponed and synchronized the town and youth elections with the proposed elections for the Constitutional Convention in January.
Bautista recently said that the Philippines might encounter “election fatigue” if the Barangay and SK elections pushed through on Oct. 31.
But Guanzon said Bautista had no basis for making that statement.
“I think people got excited by the last elections. I think they’ll be excited to vote again in the barangay, where they know all the candidates. Why not push through with it? Why not take advantage of the momentum of the last elections?,” she said. Sara Susanne D. Fabunan