COMELEC is making quite a stir. How about postponing the 2016 national elections set on May 9?
Due to a Supreme Court ruling that is forcing the commission to overhaul its processes in only 2 months, COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista now looks into the possibility of putting the much awaited elections on hold.
When asked if such speculations are true, he said in a radio interview: “Hindi ko pa po masasagot ‘yan. ‘Yan po an gaming pag-aaralan bukas at sa mga susunod na araw.”
According to Bautista, COMELEC held a meeting on 9 March to see the next steps they should take after the SC ruled them to issue voting receipts, and other rework, such as:
- Reconfigure over 92,500 SD cards
- Add more stock of thermal paper amounting to around 1.2 million rolls
- Procure around 92,500 receipt receptacles
- Do another training for 277,000 election inspectors at a time when the office is near halfway in training them on the current election processes.
The Philippine Constitution does allow postponement of the elections, according to Bautista, but a law is needed to push this through.
Manual elections however are also being seen as an alternative procedure for the polls to continue on May 9.