Hearing on proposed ARMM poll postponement set in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:22

The  House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and the House Committee on Muslim Affairs will jointly conduct in this city a public hearing on Sunday at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) on the proposed postponement of the elections this year in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The public hearing will be jointly conducted  by Cong. Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) chair of  the Committee on Muslim Affairs,  and Dasmariñas City Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr., chair of the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.

Rep. Loong said the conduct of the public hearing in this city is  aimed at  getting the pulse of the electorate of the provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi on whether to  hold the ARMM elections this year or  to synchronized it with the local and national elections in 2013.
The hearing will start  at 8 a.m. until late in the afternoon.

“What is important here is to get the sentiment of the ordinary people in the ARMM since they are the real stakeholders in this election,” Loong said.

Loong described the public hearing on Sunday as “crucial” as this will put to record whether the electorates of the three provinces wanted  the ARMM elections  postpone or not.
The ARMM election is scheduled on the 2nd Monday of August 2011 but House Bill No. 4146 is proposing that the election be postponed and instead, be synchronized with the local elections in May 2013.

Meanwhile, Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan  on Wednesday also renewed his call for the postponement of the ARMM elections to correct the gross mismanagement and ill-governance of the ARMM officials since its inception 21 years ago.

Tan  reiterated  his call  for a  “no hold-over status”   for  any  incumbent ARMM elective officials in the event of postponement of ARMM elections to 2013.

He also expressed support  to Malacañang’s position to appoint non-politicians to all elective posts in the ARMM, if the elections this year are postponed and synchronized with the local and national elections in 2013.

He also agreed with the Palace stand that all elective positions in the ARMM must be given to non-politicians who have the capacity to effectively deliver the needed socio-economic development, basic health services and education services and programs to the five provinces and two cities in the region.

Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said during a conference at Malacañang last  Thursday: “We want to appoint people who will not run again to put in place reforms for the next two years. We want to have meaningful elections in the ARMM that are truly reflective of the will of people of ARMM and not controlled by a few political lords.” — Nonoy E. Lacson