Electoral Code Timeline

2019
October 28 2019

LENTE conducts consultation in Metro Manila

METRO MANILA —The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted a consultation today (October 28, 2019) on the drafting of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code in Metro Manila.

Participants included CSOs, LENTE Chapters, and the COMELEC. During the discussion proper, they noted that police and military were working for the interest of the incumbents, local elections were ruled by political dynasties, and that there was a high percentage of illiterate voters. They hoped that there would be an established Bangsamoro Electoral Office and improved communication mechanisms with the electorate (more graphic, less text heavy).

You may read the summary of the FGD by clicking on this link. For other details regarding the conduct of the public consultations, please contact lente.philippines@gmail.com.

November 19 2019

LENTE conducts consultation in Iligan City

ILIGAN  —The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted a consultation today (November 19, 2019) on the drafting of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code at the Plaza Alemania Hotel in Iligan City. 17 groups were represented in the FGD including CSOs, LENTE Chapters, and the COMELEC.

Atty. Marisse Aldeza, lawyer volunteer for LENTE, facilitated the discussions and assisted by Ms. Brizza Rosales. Participants shared the negative observations such as rampant vote buying, violation of election day procedures, and the manipulation of the supervisors. Participants hoped that the next BARMM elections would include a massive education and information campaign to empower people and become informed voters.

You may read the documentation of the FGD by clicking on this link. To obtain a copy of the full documentation of all FGDs and the consolidated results, please contact lente.philippines@gmail.com.

November 21 2019

LENTE conducts consultation in Cotabato City

COTABATO  —The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted a consultation today (November 21, 2019) on the drafting of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code at the AlNor Hotel in Cotabato City. Participants included CSOs such as the Alliance of Tri-Peoples for the Advancement of Human Rights, Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc., USBTD, and LENTE Chapters, and COMELEC.

Atty. Ryan Jay Roset, Consultant of LENTE, facilitated the discussion and asked the participants three questions: (1) What do you like about ARMM Elections? (2) What don’t you like about ARMM Elections and its possible solutions? (3) What do you want to see in BARMM Elections? Participants shared that though they were happy that Moros were now exercising their right to suffrage more than before, improvements were still being sought on various areas, such as the failure of the COMELEC to take immediate actions on election offenses.

You may read the documentation of the FGD by clicking on this link. To obtain a copy of the full documentation of all FGDs and the consolidated results, please contact lente.philippines@gmail.com.

November 23 2019

LENTE conducts consultation in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA  —The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted a consultation today (November 23, 2019) on the drafting of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code at the Sauras Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City. Participants included The Asia Foundation Zamboanga, IBP ZAMBASULTA Chapter, CSOs such as the Citizens’ Coalition for ARMM Electoral Reform and Noorus Salam Tawi-Tawi, LENTE Chapters, and COMELEC.

Atty. Carlo Africa, LENTE’s Consultant for BARMM Electoral Code, facilitated the discussion and asked the participants three questions: (1) What do you like about ARMM Elections? (2) What don’t you like about ARMM Elections and its possible solutions? (3) What do you want to see in BARMM Elections? Participants shared they hoped to see the strengthening of political parties, improved qualifications for running candidates, and the inclusion of an anti-dynasty provision in the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

Other than the FGDs, LENTE also conducted consultations with the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy, Election Lawyers, Experts and Election Practitioners in order to further discuss the results of the FGDs and the contentious issues encountered in the drafting process of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

You may read the documentation of the FGD by clicking on this link. To obtain a copy of the full documentation of all FGDs and the consolidated results, please contact lente.philippines@gmail.com.

2020
April 7 2020

LENTE conducts online FGD on Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted an online focus group discussion today (April 7, 2020) with election lawyers, election practitioners, and selected Members of the Parliament to discuss the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and other enhancements that needed to be included in the draft.

To obtain a copy of the full documentation and summary of all online FGDs, pls contact lente.philippines@gmail.com

April 28 2020

LENTE conducts online FGD on Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted an online focus group discussion today (April 28, 2020) with election lawyers, election practitioners, and selected Members of the Parliament to discuss the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and other enhancements that needed to be included in the draft.

To obtain a copy of the full documentation and summary of all online FGDs, pls contact lente.philippines@gmail.com

May 8 2020

LENTE conducts online FGD on Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted an online focus group discussion today (May 8, 2020) with election lawyers, election practitioners, and selected Members of the Parliament to discuss the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and other enhancements that needed to be included in the draft.

To obtain a copy of the full documentation and summary of all online FGDs, pls contact lente.philippines@gmail.com

June 3 2020

LENTE conducts online FGD on Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conducted an online focus group discussion today (June 3, 2020) with election lawyers, election practitioners, and selected Members of the Parliament to discuss the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and other enhancements that needed to be included in the draft.

To obtain a copy of the full documentation and summary of all online FGDs, pls contact lente.philippines@gmail.com

August 10 2020

MP Mitmug meets with LENTE, discusses intention to file resolution on the Bangsamoro Electoral Office.

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) held an informal meeting with several Members of the Parliament. MP Rasol Mitmug Jr. indicated the Minority bloc’s intention to file a resolution calling out COMELEC’s attention to create the Bangsamoro Electoral Office.

August 17 2020

LENTE PH and MP Mitmug draft resolution on Bangsamoro Electoral Office

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) continues its consultations with the Office of MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. The consultations lead to the drafting of the resolution on the Bangsamoro Electoral Office (BEO). 

September 8 2020

LENTE Ph consults MPs on proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) holds an online consultation with several Members of Parliament on the major provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

September 14 2020

MP Mitmug files resolution on the Bangsamoro Electoral Office

COTABATO  — The Office of MP Mitmug filed today a Proposed Resolution No. 307, entitled, “Resolution Requesting the Commission on Elections to Issue a Resolution for the Establishment of the Bangsamoro Electoral Office.” The resolution was drafted with the assistance of Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines).

Based on the provisions of the draft Bangsamoro Administrative Code, the Commission on Elections shall establish the Bangsamoro Electoral Office under its supervision and control which shall implement and enforce its orders, rulings and decisions. The institution will be responsible for promulgating Comelec rules and regulations for the conduct of elections within the Bangsamoro.

You may download a copy of the proposed resolution here.

 

 

October 19 2020

Comelec creates Bangsamoro Electoral Office in BARMM

METRO MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has established a Bangsamoro Electoral Office (BEC) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The Comelec said  in Resolution No. 10680 this was pursuant to Republic Act No. 11054 otherwise known as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The poll body said the BEO was established by converting the Office of the Regional Election Director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“Pending the enactment of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and for purposes of election administration, the 63 barangays in the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pilot, and Pigcawayan, all of North Cotabato, which voted for inclusion in the BARMM, shall still be considered part of the municipalities and province where they belong before the ratification of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” the Comelec said.

The Commission en banc approved the resolution on Oct. 7 during its online regular en banc meeting.

Read more: https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/18/comelec-creates-bangsamoro-electoral-office-in-barmm/

Download the resolution here.

November 13 2020

MP Alamia, MP Mitmug discuss BARMM transition and 2022 elections

COTABATO  — Minority Leader Laisa Alamia and MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr., guest on the second episode of LENTE Philippines’ #SATINangEleksyon Podcast, hosted by Atty. Ona Caritos, Atty. Carlo Africa, and Mr. Hajar Kabalu (guest co-host). They discuss the historic 2019 BOL Plebiscite, the transition to BARMM, and the upcoming 2022 elections. Watch the full episode here

2021
June 23 2021

LENTE Ph and MP Mitmug discuss Bangsamoro Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) met with MP Mitmug online to further discuss the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code and steps forward. 

August 31 2021

LENTE Ph and MP Mitmug discuss Bangsamoro Electoral Code

COTABATO  — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) met with MP Mitmug online to further discuss the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

September 20 2021

LENTE PH and Minority Bloc meet to discuss final draft of BEC

COTABATO CITY — The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) conduct comprehensive consultative meeting with the Minority Bloc to discuss the contentious issues in the draft Bangsamoro Electoral Code before its filing.

September 24 2021

Minority Bloc files Bangsamoro Electoral Code

COTABATO CITY — The Minority Bloc, composed of MP Laisa Alamia, MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr., MP Suharto Ambolodto, MP Baintan Ampatuan, MP Amilbahar Mawallil, MP Don Mustapha Loong, and MP Rasul Ismael, filed today Parliament Bill No. 134, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Electoral Code. The draft Code was a product of their partnership with the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines).
 
“We just want to make sure we fulfill our mandate according to the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” said MP Mitmug, “with the filing of the bill, we have crossed another item off the list.” Filed copy may be downloaded here.
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