Marawi overwhelmingly votes for Bangsamoro ratification

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Marawi City (CNN Philippines, January 22) — Residents of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur overwhelmingly voted in favor of the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which is seen to bring a peaceful resolution to the long-drawn conflict in Mindanao.

With voter turnout of 93.66 percent on Monday, 58,688 voted "Yes," 112 voted against the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region, while 2 abstained. This is according to the certificate of canvass in the city released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday.

The canvassing of votes from 96 barangays of Marawi City ended at 3 a.m.

The whole of Lanao del Sur also cast an overwhelming "yes" vote following the unofficial tally by its provincial board of canvassers.

The results will have to be officially declared by the National Board of Canvassers.

The province as a whole posted a 92.54 pecent (513,155) voter turnout, with 503,420 residents voting "yes," and 9,735 saying "no" to the ratification of the measure.

Canvassing situation in Cotabato City, other areas

Maguindanao Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu said, based on unofficial tally, 97 percent of voters in the municipalities of Mangudadatu, Buluan, and Pandag wanted to be included in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Meanwhile in Cotabato City, one of the most hotly-contested areas, the "yes" vote continued to widen its lead. Comelec's partial and unofficial tally as of 7 p.m. Tuesday revealed 58 percent of voters said "yes" to the Bangsamoro region.

Once the official result is released, it will be revealed if Cotabato City agreed to be part of the new autonomous region. If that happens, it will be historic since the city, in 1989 and 2001, rejected moves to include the city in the Autonomous Region in Mulsim Mindanao, which will be replaced by the larger BARMM.

The certificates of canvass will be brought to the provincial board of canvassers up to the regional level, then the final canvassing will take place in Manila.

Five provinces and two cities in the ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City in Basilan took part in the first Bangsamoro referendum on Monday.

A second plebiscite for Lanao del Norte excluding Iligan City, North Cotabato, and the 28 areas which petitioned for inclusion into the new Bangsamoro region is scheduled on February 6.

If the law is rejected in Monday's referendum, the February 6 voting will be scrapped.

CNN Philippines Gerg Cahiles, David Santos, Triciah Terada contributed to this report.