Imee Marcos advises holding the BSKE in May rather than December.
Senator Imee Marcos is more inclined to push back the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) from December to May.
In a radio interview on Sunday, Marcos claimed that students have the option to vote when they return to their hometowns in May as opposed to December, which will fall during the busy Christmas season.
In a recent privilege speech, Marcos advocated for Senate Bill No. 1306, which would push back the BSKE from December 5 of this year to December 2023.
Even if a further delay may incur additional expenses, it will enable systemic faults to be fixed.
“I sponsored the postponement since that was the consensus, thus, I’m the one who sponsored it. Boto-boto naman yan, alam naman ninyo. But it still needs to be voted on, so ayoko kasing paliban ng paliban, nakakalito at saka gastos ka ng gastos habang naghihintay. However, I do not want to wait any longer because it is unclear and you have to spend more money waiting), “She remarked.
In her privilege speech, she suggested making village and SK officials’ terms six years long and scheduling their elections for May of the year after the presidential election.
She also advised researching the viability of eliminating the current Sangguniang Kabataan system at the village level while keeping it in place at the city or municipal level exclusively.
The BSKE deferral to December 4, 2023, was approved by the House of Representatives on the second reading. The proposal is expected to be approved by October.
According to the House proposal, the synchronized BSKE is then set to occur every three years starting on the first Monday of 2026.
The one-month printing phase for the BSKE ballots is scheduled on Tuesday by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In the lack of a law delaying the elections, the Comelec chairman, George Garcia, stated in a press conference on Thursday that preparations for the elections will proceed.
According to Garcia, the ballots will be used in the following scheduled BSKE once a law delaying voting is passed and they have already been printed.
The BSKE was originally scheduled for May 2020 but was moved to December 5 this year to focus on the national elections’ preparations.
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