The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) agrees with the proposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is scheduled on October 31.
The DILG said that there is a backlog in rolling out the necessary infrastructure, and there is a need to ensure that drug money will not fund candidates’ campaigns.
According to DILG Sec. Ismael Sueno, the implementation of the infrastructure projects have been delayed due to the election ban from March 25 to May 8.
Sueno believes that it will be difficult to solve the infrastructure backlog if the election will push through this October.
Sueno added that by moving the elections next year, the PNP will have more time to capture drug lords in the country, and ensure that the elections are not tainted with drug money.
On Monday, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) already postponed the printing of the official ballots for the barangay and SK elections.
The COMELEC is awaiting a formal resolution from Congress regarding the cancellation.
Meanwhile, both Houses of Congress have agreed to file resolutions for the postponement of the elections.
Several members of Congress are concerned that there will be a low voter turnout if the lelctions were held this year because voters may suffer from ‘election fatigue,’ having just gone to the polling precincts in May for the Presidential Elections.