By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be excluded from the midterm polls.
This came after the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), a result of plebiscites done in January and February.
Comelec Resolution No. 10512 states that the positions of regional governor, regional vice-governor, and members of the Regional Legislative Assembly in the ARMM have already been “abolished” with the ratification of the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Organic Law of the BARMM (OLBARMM).
Therefore, no elections will be held for the said positions, as it is deemed “unnecessary” by the Comelec.
Meanwhile, the Comelec also ordered the splitting of Southern Leyte into two legislative districts.
The province’s first district covers Maasin City, and the municipalities of Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Limasawa, Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, and Bantoc.
The municipalities of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Anahawan, San Juan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, and Silago make up the second district.
There are now 244 legislative districts in the country and 61 party-list representative candidates competing in the midterm polls.