DBM has identified funding for Bangsamoro plebiscite- Comelec Chairman Abas

MANILA -- The Department of Budget and Management has identified fund sourcing for the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which would require P857 million, Chairman Sheriff Abas said.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, it says that the funding will come from the Commission on Elections’ own allocation, said chairman Sheriff Abas, citing information from the budget department.

We already have budget for that,” Abas told reporters, referring to the Jan. 21, 2019 plebiscite, which is needed to ratify the BOL.

Abas said results of the plebiscite would likely be known within a week. 

It will cover the existing 5 provinces of the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which will vote as one geographical area.

Also joining the plebiscite will be residents of 6 towns in Lanao del Norte, 39 villages (barangay) in North Cotabato, Isabela City in Basilan, and Cotabato City.

The COMELEC will decide by December on petitions of 62 communities to be included in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, he said. (Source: ABS-CBN News)