Lawmakers seek to reset Armm polls

By ISAGANI YAMBOT JR.

MINDANAO lawmakers have filed a measure seeking to reset the holding of elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Armm) from every second Monday of August to every second Monday of May starting in 2010 and to be held after every three years.

Rep. Faysah RPM. Dumarpa (first district, Lanao del Sur, Lakas-CMD), principal author, said House Bill No. 4885, seeks to reset the regular elections for elective officials in the Armm to strengthen the ongoing peace process in Mindanao.

“The Armm elections should be held in May 2010 simultaneous with the synchronized national and local elections,” she said.

Dumarpa, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Muslim Affairs, said under her proposal the incumbent regional governor, regional vice governor and members of the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Armm shall continue in office, in a hold-over capacity until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

“Effective 2010, the regular elections for regional governor, regional vice governor and members of the regional legislative assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), should be synchronized with the national and local elections and should therefore be held on the second Monday of May, and every three years,” she added.

Dumarpa said section 2 on the term of office of Armm elective officials would likewise be amended from every 30th day of September 2005 that ends after three, to every 30th of June beginning in 2010 and would expire on the same date in 2013.

Other proponents of the measure are Reps. Munir M. Arbison (second district, Sulu, Lakas-CMD) and Datu Pax S. Mangudadatu (first district, Sultan Kudarat, Lakas-CMD/KAMPI).

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