PPCRV supports calls for ARMM polls postponement

January 24, 2011 7:47 am 

MANILA, Jan. 23 — A poll watchdog has supported the call to postpone the August ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) polls and synchronized with the 2013 mid-term polls.

Henrietta de Villa, chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), said they are in favor of resetting the ARMM polls so that they will have more time to prepare for it.

“It would be better if we just synchronize it so that there’s more time to prepare,” she said.

However, De Villa said that if the ARMM polls will be synchronized with the 2013 elections, it should be conducted earlier.

“It should be conducted a month or two earlier because of the situation there,” she said, adding that, “We all know that the ARMM is a very controlled area that’s why all the attention, resources, and deputies of the Comelec such as the AFP and PNP should be focused on it in order to rid of the reality that ARMM is the cheating capital of the Philippines.”

However, the PPCRV official said that since Congress has yet to decide on whether or not to postpone the polls which is scheduled in August 2011, they’ll just continue with their preparations.

“We prepare as if there’s no change. We also highly recommend to the Comelec to do the same thing to avoid what happened during the barangay elections wherein their preparations were stalled because they were waiting for the postponement,” De Villa said.

Earlier, newly appointed Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes has expressed support to the idea of postponing the ARMM polls.

There were reports that some groups are pushing for the postponement of the ARMM polls, including the officials of the region.

ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo said that those elected in the last 2008 regional polls need more time to implement several peace and development projects. (PNA)

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