By Analou De Vera
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to conduct a simulation activity of the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
“We are planning to conduct a simulation of voting in the BOL. Nasa early stages pa lang tayo ng planning (We are in the early stages of planning), but that is something that we intend to do,” said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.
Jimenez emphasized that they intend to conduct the simulation “because there will be many different kinds of ballots” that will be used during the plebiscite.
“The reason we need to simulate is we want to see how usable those ballots are. Again, it’s not a simple question of yes or no. The questions are taking into consideration iyong constitutional requirement that when you conduct a plebiscite,” he explained.
Jimenez said that the simulation is tentatively eyed on the second week of October and will most likely be conducted at the Comelec Central Office in Intramuros, Manila or at a chosen school.
“Sa ngayon pinag-uusapan kung dito gagawin sa building (Comelec office) na ito or hahanap ng ibang eskwelahan na gagawan ng simulation (For the meantime, we are discussing whether we will hold the simulation in this building or look for a school)… Tentative window sort of coincides with the filing of COC (Certificate of Candidacy) ,” he said.
The plebiscite on the BOL is scheduled on Jan. 21, 2019.
The proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) covers the provinces of Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, which are under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Also being eyed for inclusion in the proposed region are 39 villages in North Cotabato as well as six municipalities in Lanao del Norte.