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MARAWI CITY—Maranao electorates in Lanao del Sur shared their various positions on proposed electoral during a public consultation held today, Jan. 31, in the Provincial Capitol Gym, Marawi City.
The event was participated by legal luminaries, religious leaders, and civil society organizations (CSOs), among others.
Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., also shared his positions on the proposed Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Bill 29—an act providing for the Bangsamoro Electoral Code of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The Governor said that while he holds varying positions on certain provisions of the proposed measure, he supports the passage of the electoral code.
Among his positions was the high threshold set for the registration of political parties, which he thought would prevent small legitimate organizations from registering and participating in the parliamentary election.
“Kami po sa Provincial Government ng Lanao del Sur ay kaakibat ninyo sa pagbuo ng electoral code,” said Adiong.
At the same event, Lawyer Jamal Latiph of Jamal Law Firm shared his views on the bill.
Latiph, who introduced himself as a former COMELEC official involved in the automation of national elections in the country, suggested that the bill must cite the manner of the election and whether it will be conducted manually or automated.
Meanwhile, Al Mujadila Development Foundation—a women’s organization led by Executive Director Prof. Raima Dimaampao sought meaningful participation in the genuine representation of women in the Bangsamoro Government. Hence, their group also submitted its position paper to the BTA secretariat.
The BTA secretariat, on the other hand, along with Members of the Parliament present, ensured the electorates that their concerns would be consolidated in the committee report.
“All concerns will be incorporated in the committee report before the plenary session of the subject bill in the BTA,” said Deputy Speaker Atty. Paisalin Tago, who chaired the consultation. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)