ARMM wants polls postponed

January 6, 2011 12:33 pm 

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 6 – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is hoping for a postponement of the August 2011 regional elections in the ARMM.

"We are yet to emerge from two elections in the ARMM," Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, ARMM executive secretary said.

The Commission on Elections has started preparations for this year's regional polls where the more than two million registered voters in ARMM's five component provinces will choose a regional governor, a vice governor and 25 members of the Regional Legislative Assembly.

While Sinarimbo refused to say categorically that acting Gov. Ansaruddin Adiong will run for office, he said, "we will cross the bridge when we get there."

Adiong, elected ARMM vice governor in 2008, became acting governor by operation of law when ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan was incapacitated.

Ampatuan who was reelected in 2008, the first ARMM governor to do so, was implicated in the Maguindanao massacre, country's worst political violence.

He remained in detention since December 2009 after he was linked to the massacre that left 58 people dead.

Sinarimbo said ARMM leadership is aware of the need to have an enabling act that would postpone the August regional polls.

This early, the Comelec is considering an automated polls in the ARMM but prepared to administer a manual election.

Sinarimbo said Adiong has lined up several peace and development projects for the ARMM and it needs a full term for the regional governor to implement all of them.

He said the ARMM leadership will make representations with the House and the Senate for the postponement of the election. (PNA)

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