Multi-sectoral stakeholders in the province joined forces in pushing for the conduct of honest and free voters’ registration next week.
Calling themselves Alliance for Lanao Reforms Today (ALERT), the group converged in Plaza Cabili in Barangay Banggolo, this city, and rallied for the campaign “One Fingerprint, One Person, and One Vote for a Better Future.”
According to the group, free and honest registration is the only way to realize the quest for peaceful and credible elections free from all forms of electoral fraud and irregularities.
The rally was also supported by local officials in the province that included Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, President of the League of Municipalities-Lanao del Sur Chapter Mayor Lampa Pandi, and City Mayor Sultan Fahad Salic.
Salic said the campaign for holding honest registration can help in ensuring clean elections in the future.
“Even if the registrants here in the city will decrease, the most important thing is that they are the real voters here,” he added.
Earlier this week, ARMM Acting Governor Mujiv Hataman appealed for the conduct of clean voters’ registration, citing that good governance starts with clean registration.
Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. also reiterated this call and urged his constituents to support the electoral reform initiatives of President Benigno S. Aquino III by advocating the “One Fingerprint, One Person, and One Vote” campaign.
He said the Aquino administration is on the track right in pursuing electoral reforms not only for the betterment of the province but also for the entire ARMM as well.
Adiong is also confident that the biometric registration will become successful in the province.
Meanwhile, an information caravan on the upcoming general voters’ registration in the ARMM is set this Sunday, July 8. The caravan will start in the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City going to the Dimaporo Gymnasium in Mindanao State University (MSU) here, passing some towns in the Maguindanao province. (APB/PIA-10)