Comelec finalizing questions for Bangsamoro law plebiscite

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2018 08:56 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) hopes to finalize this week the crafting of questions for the plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), its spokesperson said Tuesday.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the Comelec is already finalizing the implementing rules and regulations and questions for the plebiscite.

"How you frame the question is very important so we are really taking our time to craft the questions carefully," he said in an interview on ANC's "Beyond Politics."

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The Comelec earlier scheduled the plebiscite on January 21, 2019 and is expecting around 2.7 million to 3.1 million voters.

The poll body has also put up satellite registration sites to get more people to register for the plebiscite, Jimenez said.

"We're focused really on getting as many people registered as possible," he said.

The BOL, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in July this year, paves the way for wider self-rule for the Muslim minority in the south.

It is one of the requirements under a 2014 peace agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest Muslim rebel group.

It will install a Bangsamoro political entity in place of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and is envisioned to grant wider self-rule to predominantly Muslim provinces and cities.