It is not right for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to surrender and consider the postponement of the May 2016 elections only because of the possibility that it cannot comply with the order of the Supreme Court (SC) to issue voting receipts.
Sen. Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel, chairman of senate committee on electoral reforms, criticized the COMELEC for immediately considering the postponement of this year’s national elections.
Pimentel said the SC ordered the COMELEC to implement whatever in the automated election system law and he cannot understand why postponement of the May 9 polls is suddenly the option of the agency.
Pimentel added that it is better to review first if the COMELEC could comply the higher court’s order instead of thinking of postponing the elections.
Though it is the right of the poll body to submit a motion for reconsideration, it is impossible to change the unanimous decision of the SC, so the COMELEC should prepare for the upcoming elections while there is still enough time.