Early ARMM elections
Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010
By DUCKY PAREDES
IN December, in the aftermath of the politically motivated massacre of killing of 52 persons, including journalists, in Maguindanao, Atty. Macabangkit B. Lanto, former ambassador and his brother Atty. Benjamin B. Lanto filed a petition last year with the Comelec, asking for earlier elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Besides addressing the issue of electoral violence, citing the mass execution attributed to the Ampatuans, the brothers also noted then that “holding the election earlier in the ARMM will address the requirements of Republic Act No. 8436, otherwise known as the Automated Election System Law (the “Automated Election Law”), as amended by Republic Act No. 9369, that the machine or Precinct Count Optical Scanner (“PECOS”) shall be tested first in some areas in the country before it is actually used in the May 10, 2010 National Elections. And if successful in the ARMM, it will allay all fears and apprehensions about machine’s capability and viability. And if there are corrective moves that the Honorable Commission has to undertake, it will have enough lead time to do it.”
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