Autonomy vote 'peaceful' in ARMM - police


Posted at Jan 22 2019 07:51 AM | Updated as of Jan 22 2019 08:09 AM

Voters gather around election officials to get their ballots at the Amai Pakpak Elementary School in Marawi City on Monday. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

A plebiscite for the ratification of a law that will grant wider autonomy to Muslims in the south proceeded peacefully in the ARMM, its police chief said Tuesday. 

There was no report of flying voters and only one individual was arrested for violating the election gun ban in the region, said ARMM police director Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares. 

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Police were not needed to replace teachers manning the plebiscite, he added. 

The ARMM will be replaced by a new autonomous region if the Bangsamoro Organic Law is ratified. 

Some 2.5 million voters from ARMM and neighboring Cobato City and Isabela, Basilan were expected to join Monday's plebiscite. 

The plebiscite in Cotabato City was marred by reports of flying voters, intimidation by armed men and the discovery of a grenade near a polling center. 

Authorities have canvassed votes from 75 clustered precincts out of the total 374 in the city. The partial and unofficial tally of votes as of this posting was about 4,000 yes and 7,000 no. 

The canvassing went on recess at 2 a.m. and was scheduled to restart at 7 a.m. 

With a report from Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News 

DZMM, 22 January 2019