Malacanang likely to endorse early elections for ARMM — Ermita

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 — Malacanang will likely endorse the recommendation for an early voting in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to ensure the conduct of honest, orderly and peaceful elections in the area.

In his weekly briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, Executive Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Eduardo Ermita said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will likely certify as urgent the proposal of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for an early election in the ARMM.

“If it is so recommended to the President as an urgent measure, then we will prepare the necessary document for the President to sign so that both Houses of Congress will receive it on time,” Ermita said.

On Tuesday, the Comelec passed a resolution urging Congress to fast-track the passage of a bill allowing early voting in the ARMM for the May 2010 presidential elections not later than April 12 next year.

The Comelec is pushing for an early elections to help prevent fraud in the region, especially in the light of the poll-related massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last Nov. 23.

“For the sake of the orderly conduct of a peaceful election, Malacanang will definitely go along with it,” Ermita said.

At the moment, Ermita said the Comelec is in the thick of preparations for next year’s nationwide conduct of a synchronized automated elections, including in the ARMM. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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