Jimenez on the proposed postponement of the barangay polls

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An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that it would be up to Congress to decide on what will be the setup in the barangays in case the Oct. 31, 2016 barangay election is deferred.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez is referring to whether the present village officials will be retained on a holdover capacity or officers-in-charge (OICs) will be appointed.

“I think it is helpful that alternative points of view are being raised. But I think it would be more helpful if it were raised in proper venues, which is to say in Congress,” Jimenez said.

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The poll body official added, “That will be entirely up to Congress to decide.”

Lawmakers are looking to grant holdover provision to incumbent barangay officials if the scheduled election is postponed.

However, some members of the minority bloc have proposed the appointment of officers-in-charge (OICs) in the barangays.

A law postponing the village and youth polls has yet to be passed by Congress, although both the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to reschedule the polls to October 2017. (PNA)
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