Congress has moved the 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to the last Monday of October 2016. The law, Republic Act No. 10656 (full text below), was signed by President Benigno Aquino III on 25 March 2015. Here’s a rundown of relevant dates:
* 15 July 2002 — the date fixed under Republic Act No. 9164 for the synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections. RA 9164 also provides that “subsequent synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections shall be held on the last Monday of October and every three (3) years thereafter.”
* 21 February 2015 — the date fixed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the SK elections under Resolution No. 9905. This is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10632, which provides that “the sangguniang kabataan elections on October 28, 2013 shall be postponed to a date to be determined by the COMELEC between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.”
* 25 April 2015 — the new date fixed by COMELEC for the SK elections (COMELEC Resolution No. 9930).
Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10656
AN ACT POSTPONING THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS TO THE LAST MONDAY OF OCTOBER 2016, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9164, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR SYNCHRONIZED BARANGAY AND SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS, AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991?, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Section 1 of Republic Act No. 9164, as amended, by Republic Act No. 9340 and Republic Act No. 10632, is hereby further amended to read as follows:
“SECTION 1. Date of Election. – There shall be synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections which shall be held on July 15, 2002. Subsequent synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections shall be held on the last Monday of October 2007 and every three (3) years thereafter:
Provided, That the sangguniang kabataan elections on October 28, 2013 shall be postponed to the last Monday of October 2016.”
SEC. 2. The Commission on Elections and the Department of the Interior and Local Government shall promulgate such rules and regulations necessary to implement this Act within thirty (30) days after its effectivity.
SEC. 3. All laws, decrees, executive orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect upon its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
APPROVED: 25 March 2015.