One Year After Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35: A Call for Swift Action on Implementation

On this day last year (8 March 2023), the Bangsamoro Transition Authority passed Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35, also known as the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

The said law embodies the collective aspirations and tireless efforts of both government and non-government stakeholders and represents great progress toward the realization of autonomy under the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

The enactment of this Code stands as a pivotal achievement, propelling the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) towards safer, accountable, transparent, and inclusive electoral processes.

As we commemorate the passage of this landmark legislation, we earnestly urge the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to expedite the finalization and dissemination of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

The timely release of the IRR is a critical stride in ensuring that every member of the Bangsamoro community is well-informed and empowered to actively engage in the forthcoming 1st BARMM Parliamentary Elections scheduled next year.

We call on all organizations, working inside and outside the region, to prioritize public education about the BARMM Electoral Code and the Parliamentary System of Government.

We also extend an appeal to the BARMM electorate to exercise their right and responsibility as citizens by registering to vote and considering active participation, either by running for office or becoming a part of a regional political party.

Diverse levels of engagement in the electoral process are indispensable for sharing the future of the BARMM, and ensuring that the regional government truly reflects the will and aspirations of the Bangsamoro.

We join everyone in celebrating the anniversary of the passage of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code with a renewed commitment to regional parliamentary elections that thrive on the principles of accountability, transparency, and inclusiveness which inspires public confidence.


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