Malacañang vows to push for cleansing of voters’ list in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2011 16:23

Malacanang vowed to push for the purging of voters’ lists in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to ensure fraud-free elections in 2013.

During the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said they supported the call of various stakeholders and concerned groups to push for the cleansing of the voters’ lists to ensure that the election of officials is done with credibility and honesty.

“The ARMM election was postponed so we can purge the voters’ list of the ARMM and make sure that those who are in the list are the actual residents and voters,” Lacierda stressed.

Last June 30, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law a bill postponing this year’s ARMM election to be synchronized with the national and local elections in 2013.
Aquino earlier underscored the need for the officer-in-charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to share his vision of good governance and reform to the people in the region.

The President also noted that he wants an OIC who has a doable roadmap so that projects are completed in a particular time frame.
The President reiterated his position that it is in the best interest of the people in ARMM to have an OIC who has no intentions in running for office in the 2013 election, so that he can concentrate in reforming the region in the next two years.

Republic Act No. 10153 mandates that the next ARMM elections for the regional governor, vice governor and members of the regional legislative assembly shall be held simultaneously with the midterm elections on the second Monday of May 2013.

Succeeding regular elections in the ARMM will be held on the same date every three years.