MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Election is currently campaigning to youths aged 15 to 30 years old to register and exercise their rights of suffrage.
Thus, the poll body has begun to install satellite registration booths in universities
Based on COMELEC data, the youth constitutes almost half of the electorate.
“From 18 to 30 years old is they comprise 40 to 45% of the electorate. That is about translates about 21 million votes,” Chairman Andres Bautista said.
This morning, COMELEC, in partnership with the National Youth Commission, has opened a satellite registration booth at the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila.
Voter’s registration has been made easy and brought closer to their areas.
“If I remember correctly when I registered last 2010, napakahaba ng pila so wala iyong satellite registration na ginagawang COMELEC… It’s good that the government is taking this initiative para ilapit sa mga botante at mapadali iyong proseso ng pagpaparehistro,” National Youth Commission President Staff Officer II James Benedict Gutierrez said.
(If I remember correctly, when I registered last 2010, the queue was so long. There was no satellite registration at that time. It’s good that the government is taking this initiative to reach voters and simplify the process of registering.)
Some students and professors of PLM were given the chance to ask questions to COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista and the representatives of the NYC.
A student asked,“Magre-register po ba ulit kami since kahit nakaboto na kami sa national elections?”
(Do we still need to register although we have already registered during the national elections?)
Another student asked, “Ano pa po yung other requirements na dapat meron?”
“What are the other requirements we need?”
While a professor inquired, “Iyon po bang Anti-Dynasty Law ay ipapatupad po ngayong 2017 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections knowing yung that there are youth na hindi aware sa ganitong batas?”
(Is the Anti-Dynasty Law will be implemented this 2017 SK elections knowing that there are youth who are not aware of this law?)
Bautista also gave an advice on how to choose an honest and good leader.
“First of all, look at their platform. What are the things he plans to do when elected, and also check if it matches what you want. Second, the track record,” COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista added.
COMELEC is set to open satellite registration booths in various universities and colleges across the country to ensure that more youth will be able to register before the deadline on April 29, 2017, so they could vote in the upcoming Barangay and SK polls on October 23, 2017.” — Aiko Miguel / UNTV News & Rescue
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