21 05 2012



First-time voters urged to list up early

12 05 2012


THE youth group First Time Voters Network on Friday renewed its commitment for increased youth participation in the upcoming 2013 mid-term elections.

In a press conference held in Quezon City, FTV coordinator Migs Angeles and other youth leaders called for satellite registration sites as part of their “Magparehistro. Bumoto. Tuloy ang Pagbabago” campaign.

According to Angeles, the youth constitutes 60 percent of the voting population in 2013 elections.

“Given this immense number of first time and youth voters, it is undeniable that the youth plays a significant role in determining the future of the country,” he said.

He said that youth have to take more active and progressive stance in engaging electoral and political processes in the country starting with practicing the right to suffrage.

For his part, Cleo Leogardo of Student Council Alliance of the Philippines asserted that providing democratic avenue for greater youth participation in the electoral and political processes is also a means to address the generation’s continuing disenfranchisement and alienation, one way is through an efficient satellite registration sites.

“It is on this premise that the First Time Voters Network pushes for the implementation of satellite registration sites this year wherein youth and students can be accommodated for registration even if they are not residents of the area where their university is located at,” Leogardo said.

The Commission on Elections has held satellite registrations in previous elections and officials said schedules for such an activity can be arranged in coordination with Comelec offices in the concerned local government unit.

The deadline for the registration of first time voters is on Oct. 31, 2012 but officials of the Commission on Elections have started to encourage early registration to avoid the last-minute rush.

To be eligible to vote in next year’s election, a registrant must also be a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and a resident of the place where he intends to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election.

Aside from first-time voters, persons who want to transfer registration records to a new residence; change, update or correct entries such as those for newly-wed women who changed surnames; and voters whose records were deactivated for failure to vote in the past two elections can also file their applications within the registration period.

All voter applications must be personally filed at the office of the election officer in the municipal or city office where the applicant resides and wishes to vote.

Voters no longer need to bring photographs because his or her biometrics records composed of a digital photograph, fingerprints, and signature will be entered in data capturing machines during the filing of registration.

(Photo courtesy of Remate.)