IAG conducted on Wednesday, February 10, a roundtable discussion with BTA Members of Parliament, Bangsamoro Electoral Office (BEO), and COMELEC National Office to share updates and insights on the electoral reforms being pursued in the region. COMELEC Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez, COMELEC Dir. Frances Arabe, BEO Regional Election Director Atty. Ray Sumalipao and BTA Members of Parliament namely Atty. Laisa Alamia, Engr. Don Loong, Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., and Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph were key participants in the roundtable.

 

The discussions involved updates on the drafting and filing of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, the coordination between COMELEC Manila and the BEO, ongoing consultations at the regional level, and key electoral reforms that need to be included in the Code such as issues on re-districting, anti-political dynasty provisions, qualifications for regional political parties, process of nomination for reserved seats, and clustering of votes, among others.

 

Proposed provisions for inclusion in the Bangsamoro Electoral Code were presented before the group as a product of the consultations and training series implemented by IAG. CSOs, election experts, and leaders of existing/emerging political parties and movements were involved in these activities to articulate their interests and sentiments regarding the evolving political landscape in the region.

 

To complement this initiative, IAG is organizing a bigger RTD to involve election monitoring bodies, Bangsamoro CSOs, election lawyers and experts, and political parties/movements. This activity is under the Political Party Building & Development Project implemented by IAG in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy with support from the Government of United Kingdom.