Siao wants local, nat’l elections held months apart

Rep. Frederick Siao

Polls for district congressmen and all local government elective positions are bloody and violence-ridden and should be held separate from party-list and other national elections, Iligan City Lone District Rep. Frederick Siao said.

“They can be held in the same year, but several months apart with the national elections in May and the locals in November or December,” Siao, Member of the House Committee on Suffrage & Electoral Reforms said.

He said the national polls should come first because these “are non-violent and so their campaigns can be focused on national interest issues.”

“The filing of candidacies and campaign period for the local elections can begin in August and elections can be timed with the November or December holidays,” Siao, a former city councilor said.

He added that one gain from unsynchronizing the elections is “we get to have shorter, simpler, and much easier to understand ballots.

“There would be some cost difference but not so wide a gap. Having peaceful and bloodless national elections is the trade-off for that,” Siao said.

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