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Campaign Period for BOL Starts in December

Cotabato City — A report today by Philstar posted online says that the campaign period for approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) kicks off in December.

Philstar was quoting an announcement made by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

A COMELEC resolution said that the campaign period for the Bangsamoro plebiscite would start on Dec. 7 and end on Jan. 19. Two days later, or on Jan. 21, the people in the plebiscite area will vote on whether to approve or reject the law, which provides for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The Poll Body will supervise the conduct of an information campaign, including those for indigenous communities, women, youth, religious, professionals and the public and private sector employees in every barangay, municipality, city and province where the plebiscite will be conducted.

The COMELEC Resolution also said that information dissemination and public advocacy initiatives by the other government or non-governmental groups or individuals shall also be allowed during the campaign period.

Every barangay within the plebiscite area are also directed to hold at least one assembly or “pulong-pulong” during the campaign period to enlighten the voters about the law.

COMELEC has set the plebiscite period from Dec. 7 until Feb. 5, the Philstar report also said. 

From Jan. 20 to 21, the ban against the sale, purchase and use of intoxicating liquor will also be imposed. The ban also applies to giving and accepting free transportation, food and drinks.

The plebiscite on Jan. 21 will start at 7 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.

A favorable result in the plebiscite, both for the areas proposed for inclusion as well as their mother units, shall result in their inclusion to the new region.

Areas included in the conduct of plebiscite are the core territory of the current ARMM, 6 municipalities in Lanao Del Norte, 39 Barangays in North Cotabato, as well as the cities of Cotabato and Isabela in basilan.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law was passed by congress on July 27, and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6.  (Source: Philstar)