The proliferation of news articles today, all speaking of the move in the House of Representatives to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, has got me shaking my head. Read the piece in the Malaya, and the one in the Manila Bulletin. There are others, but you can only read them in meatspace. Those two, however, are representative enough.
The pro-postponement Reps have put forth these arguments:
1. “Excessive spending for two national elections less than six months apart could stoke inflation, put considerable upward pressure on interest rates and spoil the country’s financial and economic recovery.”
2. “The holding of successive elections in the country have adversely affected government public works projects. The 45-day election ban in the awarding of contracts and implementation of infrastructure projects (during the run up to the B&SK elections) could further hamper their completion.”
3. “Comelec might encounter problems in supplying ballot boxes which are still occupied as a result of the May 14 senatorial and local government race.”
4. “Postponing the elections will give more time for the amendment of the SK voting age to be expanded to include 15-18 year olds .”
Does anybody agree with any of these arguments?