More Filipinos want village elections held in October: Comelec poll

By on April 18, 2017


On the other hand, Jimenez noted that the Twitter polls will not be used by the Comelec. (Photo: COMELEC/ twitter)
On the other hand, Jimenez noted that the Twitter polls will not be used by the Comelec. (Photo: COMELEC/ twitter)

MANILA–Majority of respondents in an informal survey conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Twitter believe that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls should push through on October 23.

Based on the Twitter polls created by Comelec – Education and Information Department (EID) Director James Jimenez, 72 percent of the 58 people who joined the survey does not want the October polls to be rescheduled.

Only 12 percent want the elections to be postponed while another 16 percent admitted being clueless regarding calls to again postpone the village and youth polls.

The survey only lasted for 24 hours and ended Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Any user of the social networking site is capable of creating his/her own survey in a bid to get the public’s opinion on any issue.

On the other hand, Jimenez noted that the Twitter polls will not be used by the Comelec.

“That Twitter Polls is merely for fun and engagement,” he explained.

Earlier, Comelec had said that it is impartial as to the plans on whether the scheduled electoral exercises should be postponed anew.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier called to postpone anew village polls as part of efforts to wipe out ‘narco-politics’ in the country.

Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers has filed House Bill 5359, which is seeking to postpone the Barangay and SK elections to May 2020 and give the President the power to appoint village officials.