PPCRV backs postponement of barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

PPCRV backs postponement of barangay, SK polls in Mindanao
The last barangay elections were held on Oct. 28, 2013. LIN RAMOS

MANILA — A Church-backed poll watchdog favors the proposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in Mindanao.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting believes the ongoing crisis in Marawi City is a key reason to reschedule the polls.

“The situation in Marawi plus its spill-over effect on the whole of Mindanao justify postponement of barangay elections in Marawi and Mindanao,” said PPCRV chairman Rene Sarmiento.

Public hearing scheduled

He explained that the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of habeas corpus “are not motivational and encouraging conditions for the holding of  elections.”

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier said it is eyeing the postponement of the barangay and SK elections in southern Philippines.

The poll body is also holding a public hearing on Aug. 15 to determine if the people favor the postponement.

Conflict areas only

On the other hand, Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz said elections must only be postponed in conflict areas such as Lanao del Sur.

“Election is a must. In a democratic society, the people must choose their leaders,” he said.

“If there are areas which are not peaceful then postpone the election. But election as scheduled must proceed,” added Jumoad. CBCPNews