IAG’s March 11 roundtable in General Santos City served as platform for civil society organizations, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), Bangsamoro Electoral Office (BEO), and election watchdogs such as the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) to raise issues concerning the major electoral reforms being pursued in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

 

Some 25 civil society organizations participated in the multi-stakeholder dialogue that gave them the chance to ask questions before BTA MPs and the regional director of the BEO pertaining to the status of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and other important developments relating to future elections in the region.

 

Atty. Carlo Africa also presented in detail the draft Bangsamoro Electoral Code of his group, LENTE. The BTA MPs that participated via Zoom were MP Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr., MP Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph, and MP Engr. Don Loong. They were also joined by BEO Regional Election Director Atty. Ray Sumalipao.

 

A panel discussion with election monitors such as NAMFREL and MARADECA was held in the afternoon to spark conversations on the priority Bangsamoro electoral reforms and the opportunities through which they can help ensure clean and honest elections in the region. The panel discussants were NAMFREL Secretary General Eric Alvia, MARADECA Executive Director Salic Ibrahim, and MLPL Director for Programs Atty. Nashiba Dida-agun who is also tapped as a consultant of the BTA TWG drafting the Bangsamoro Electoral Code. The BARMM CSOs were likewise asked how the postponement of the 2022 elections will affect their agenda and the important work that they do in the region.

 

The roundtable discussion is part of a series of activities under IAG’s Political Party Building and Development Program implemented in partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy with support from the UK Government.

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