With its formal institutionalization at the start of 2021, Western Basilan Alliance (WBA), a local government alliance of four municipalities on the western seaboard of Basilan province in southern Philippines, is pivoting to new opportunities.
The discussions involved updates on the drafting and filing of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, the coordination between COMELEC Manila and the Bangsamoro Electoral Office (BEO), and key electoral reforms that need to be included in the Code such as issues on re-districting, anti-political dynasty provisions, qualifications for regional political parties, process of nomination for reserved seats, and clustering of votes, among others.
With or without the extension of the transition period for the BARMM, IAG urged partners not to waver in the advocacy for democratic, accountable and inclusive political institutions, rule of law and human rights.
Christian Esguerra sat down with key figures in the BARMM on the challenges of building strong political parties ahead of the first-ever elections in the region in this episode of “Facts First” presented by IAG in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy with support from the Government of United Kingdom.
How the expansion areas would be able to participate and be represented in the Bangsamoro parliament is central in the discussion.