After several postponements, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election will finally push through on May 14, 2018.
It will take place simultaneously with the Barangay election, which was also postponed several times.
While there seems to be nothing new about the Barangay election, there are some notable changes when it comes to the SK election.
Age of SK voters
For instance, the voting age in an SK election before was from 15 to 21 years old.
Back then, you were entitled to vote for an SK official only if you belong to this age group.
But this is no longer true today.
Because it was changed to 15 to 30 years old.
This means even if you are already aged 22 to 30, you are now also entitled to vote for an SK official.
Age of SK candidates
Another notable change is of course in the age of those who wish to run for and hold SK positions.
To be a candidate in an SK election before, you need to be aged 15 to 21.
But this is no longer true today as well.
Because it was changed to 18 to 24 years old.
This means you are now qualified to run for and hold an SK position only if you belong to this age group.
It follows then that you are disqualified if you are either aged 15 to 17 or aged 25 to 30.
Anti-Political Dynasty Qualification in SK elections
One other notable change is the new Anti-Political Dynasty Qualification for candidates in an SK election.
In particular, one of the qualifications you need to meet now if you are an SK candidate is that you must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official, or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official, in the locality where you seek to be elected.
No such qualification ever existed before. In fact, this is the first of its kind in the country.
[References: Republic Act No. 10742, otherwise known as the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015,” The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10742, otherwise known as the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015,” Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Memorandum Circular No. 2017 – 132 dated September 29, 2017 (Subject: Training Managers’ Orientation For All Provincial, City and Municipal Youth Development Officers On The Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training), Sections 329, 423 – 439 of the Local Government Code of the Philippines, Section 10(O) of Republic Act No. 8044, otherwise known as “Youth In Nation-Building Act,” Sections 1 and 2 of Republic Act No. 9340, entitled “An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9164], Resetting the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, and for Other Purposes.”]