Plebiscite was over, “yes” won, and here’s what we’ve done

February 10, 2019 // Leave a Comment

Finally, the plebiscite was over.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was ratified and the new geographic area of the Bangsamoro was redefined. The peace road map now brings the responsibility to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to formulate policies that will serve as the pillars of Bangsamoro governance.

In relation to that plebiscite, what has Maradeca Inc. done?

Maradeca Inc., as an institution with organized Citizens CARE — a community-based electoral watchdogs and networks, conducted recorida for public information to support the ratification of the policy. It also encouraged registered voters to choose “yes” to paved the way to transform the Bangsamoro region from its unacceptable political-economy state.

It also urged voters to respect the sanctity of the ballot and help shape their collective political future.The recorida took place in District 1 and District 2 of Lanao del Sur.

Citizens CARE is a recognized citizen arm of the Comelec within BARMM.

Citizens CARE also did plebiscite monitoring activities in a number of provinces of ARMM covering Marawi City, Isabela City in Basilan Province, and the six municipalities of Lanao del Norte to document and monitor irregularities, anomalies, and election-related violence.

There were two roving teams with 20 election monitoring personnel deployed in Lanao areas on February 6, 2019.

Authorities considered the plebiscite successful.

There was no failure of election in Lanao areas although there were anomalies, irregularity, and violence prevented.

Some of these reported anomalies are deprivation and non-recognition of watchers by PlebCOM; a case of inconsistent number of list of voters; and there were non-Bangsamoro who have caused troubles in the polling center.