2019 polls, Cha-cha plebiscite can’t be held on same day

MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said holding the May 13, 2019 polls and the plebiscite on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution on same day is not possible.

All of the factors are actually pointing to a negative possibility there. It is already unlikely to happen even if they push it, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez in an interview.

At this point, it is already late to catch up with the election preparations, he added.

The poll body official noted that holding plebiscites require a six-month period to educate voters on the issue they will vote for.

May is the fifth month of the year. So, it's impossible already to fit in the education period, Jimenez added.

He said that they are also set to print the official ballots for the May polls in January.

We are this close to finalizing the ballot design and, at this point, there is not even a completed set of amendments or revisions that can be considered, the poll body official added.

To recall, the proposed federal constitution is close to being passed in the House of Representatives.

The Senate, however, said it could no longer tackle the measure for lack of time.

The Comelec is tasked to conduct a plebiscite once a new constitution is drafted to know the decision of Filipinos on whether they will support it or not. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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