COTABATO CITY (January 18, 2023) — “Activate Bangsamoro III, Kumustahan cum Community Conversations on Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC) and Voters’ Education” was organized by the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) for the community of Barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur on Wednesday in partnership with The Asia Foundation, with support from the UK Government.
UNYPAD said that the event aimed to inform the villagers on BEC for civic participation before the first 2025 BARMM Parliamentary Election in the Bangsamoro region.
“This collaborative initiative aims to empower communities through knowledge and education, laying the foundation for an informed and active citizenry as the Bangsamoro region prepares for the 2025 BARMM Parliamentary Election,” said UNYPAD Project Officer Sahani Ansa.
“By providing a platform for open dialogue and learning, the event contributes to developing an informed and engaged electorate, amplifying the diverse voices that shape the region’s democratic landscape,” Ansa said further.
Atty. Sittie Ainee Ader from the Office of MP Marjanie Macasalong served as the resource person provided detailed information on the BEC, fostering a more profound understanding among the participants, UNYPAD said.
Meanwhile, UNYPAD Development Management Center (DMC) Deputy Director Nasrullah Abdullah facilitated a pre-test and post-test for participants, assessing their knowledge of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code.
The event was attended by the representatives from the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the MILF, women and youth sectors, the Barangay Local Government Unit, and traditional leaders. (Tu Alid Alfonso, BMN/BangsamoroToday)