Comelec mulls US-style primaries for elections in Mindanao

Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos announced the plan as part of the commission’s plan to handle elections in some part of Mindanao where controversies and so-called command voting have been reported to be prevalent.

He said the rest of the country could not understand the concept of command votes as reported in some parts of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Elections commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer told MindaNews the idea is not far-out but that it needs Constitutional amendments so it might not materialize soon.

Ferrer, who suggested the option to the commission en banc earlier, said it was in Mindanao where most of the questions on the conduct of the May 2007 elections were raised.

He clarified it is only one of the many options they are considering for further study.

Ferrer said the proposal will either be applied to the whole of Mindanao or limited to the ARMM. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)