Comelec suspends barangay, SK polls in 3 Isabela towns

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has postponed the Oct. 25 barangay and
Sangguniang Kabataan elections in three Isabela towns severely hit by super typhoon Juan.

The polls in the coastal municipalities of Divilacan, Palanan, and Maconacon will be
rescheduled to next month, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said after his meeting with the
NDRRMC in Camp Aguinaldo.

Melo did not give a specific date, but said the elections in the three towns would likely be
done within 15 days after the nationwide polls on October 25. Under the law, the poll body is
given 30 days to hold special elections in cases of failure or suspension of polls.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) gave the Comelec a
briefing Wednesday on the aftermath of typhoon Juan in Northern Luzon, particularly Ilocos
region, Cagayan Valley region, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Based on the NDRRMC’s report, Isabela is the most badly hit province in the region. (PIA)

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