Comelec postpones brgy polls in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:28

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is postponing the barangay elections in Zamboanga City.

“Basta ang consensus namin kanina is we will postpone the election in the entire city of Zamboanga. We will confirm this tomorrow during our regular meeting. Marami pa kasi pag-uusapan na detalye kung kelan special elections, magkakaroon ba hold over at marami pa,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in an interview Tuesday.

He added that one of the reasons for postponing the elections is the recent crisis in the city.

“The entire city is affected by the current situation... nagkaroon pa ng baha...kung magkakaroon ng eleksyon yung naka deploy (na sundalo) ngayon sa Zamboanga City tatangalan namin yun at babalik sila sa kanilang mga lugar so liliit ang military,” he said.

The poll body chief added that they will have no place to conduct the polls since some of the schools are being used as evacuation centers.

However, Brillantes did not give details on when they will hold the special polls for Zamboanga City.

“Although the (Omnibus) Election Code itself says within 30 days but not exceeding 90...Gusto namin maski na 30 days matapos na para walang hold over kasi hanggang possible ayaw namin ng may hold over,” he added.

On the other hand, the poll body chief assured that the October 28 polls in other areas will push through as scheduled despite the problem in Zamboanga City.

“Dinebate namin kanina is naapektuhan din ung BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) kasi ang staging area ang lahat ng aming equipment that will go to these areas will have to be Zamboanga City. Since may problema sa Zamboanga City nagkaroon ng problema sa tatlong probinsiya pero tuloy ang election dun sa tatlo,” Brillantes said.