Bangsamoro vote meets delay in some ARMM areas - police

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Posted at Jan 21 2019 09:14 AM

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The plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law was delayed in some areas in ARMM on Monday due to the stalled delivery of election materials, ARMM police director Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares said.

"Many" voting centers in Lanao Del Sur have yet to receive poll materials around 8 a.m., an hour after the plebiscite's supposed start, Mijares told radio DZMM. Authorities had to take boats to deliver the poll materials to some far flung islands.

Police, he said, were still awaiting exact figures on how many voting centers encountered delays in Basilan, Sulu and Maguidanao provinces.

Mijares said authorities have a contingency plan and aim to open the voting in all areas by 9 a.m.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law, which would expand the ARMM if ratified, is a key component of a 5-year-old peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Some members of the MILF will join the Philippine National Police if the measure is ratified, said Mijares.

"Hinihintay lang natin kung paano iyung proseso, but iwe-welcome din natin sila sa PNP," he said.

(We are just waiting for the process, but we will welcome them in the PNP.)

DZMM, 21 January 2019