Bangsamoro Electoral Code passed


The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament passed Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

Department of National Defense Officer-in-Charge Senior Undersecretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., Acting Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Secretary Isidro Purisima and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Minister Ahod. Balawag, in a joint statement, welcomed the passage of the Electoral Code.

The Bangsamoro region’s electoral code – which was unanimously approved with 64 affirmative votes, 0 negative votes, and 0 abstentions – will allow democratic participation in the local and regional elections and will encourage the formation of genuinely principled political parties across the Bangsamoro, with guaranteed representations from women, youth, indigenous people, settler communities, traditional leaders, and the Ulama.

Additionally, the Bangsamoro Electoral Code of 2023 introduced other innovative provisions in the parliamentary electoral system with rules on changing political party affiliations, coalition-building, regional party funding, prosecution on election offenses such as vote-buying and vote-selling.

Furthermore, the Bangsamoro Electoral Code of 2023 prohibits the regional political party’s nomination of candidates related within the second degree of consanguinity and affinity.

Catherine R. Cueto

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.