ELECTORAL CODE. Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. speaks in front of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in Marawi City on Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2023) during the Public Consultation on the proposed Bill No. 29, or the Bangsamoro Electoral Code. He said the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC) should be supported to strengthen the regional government's thrust for 'moral governance.' (Photo courtesy of Lanao del Sur Provincial Office)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. said Tuesday the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC) should be supported to strengthen the regional government's thrust for "moral governance."

During the public consultation of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Committee on Rules in Marawi City, Adiong underscored the importance of having a strong electoral mechanism to fortify the mandate of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as a governing entity.

"Creating a Bangsamoro Electoral Code not only aligns with the Philippine Constitution and its laws, but also with the principles of moral governance it (BARMM government) adheres," he said.

Adiong said the provincial government has submitted a joint position paper detailing its comments on the proposed BTA Bill No. 29 for the institutionalization of BEC.

The position paper was also presented together with comments from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines - Lanao del Sur Chapter.

Under the proposed bill, the Bangsamoro Parliament will have 80 members, of whom half will be party representative.

From the total seats, 40 percent will consist of district representatives, and 10 percent for sectoral representatives.

The BTA bill also proposes the creation of a Bangsamoro Electoral Office, the central body of BARMM for the supervision of all elections. (PNA)