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.)




One response

25 05 2012

Dear Student Leaders and Students:

I laud you for your efforts of getting rid of government corruption. It is in your organization that you can effectively achieve your objectives. I propose that you sponsor for enactment into law by means of the People’s Initiative process under Republic Act 6735 the most powerful anti-graft stopper of government corruption ever known to man. It is called the GRAND JURY SYSTEM which has been deployed in the United States for the last 226 years with great success until today and continuing.

I call the Grand Jury (or GJ) the “brother” of the TRIAL JURY which you may sometimes watch on TV. You will seldom hear about the GJ because it is organized secretly, its membership consisting of 23 private citizens are chosen by lottery secretly, and it operates secretly. They hold their operation in a secret or unmarked room somewhere near a court room.

Because of this secrecy rule, GJ members are UNTOUCABLES and for this reason they are not afraid to investigate and accuse in court any powerful corrupt official including a corrupt President. The only person who MAY KNOW THEM is the executive judge who inducts them in office and who is required by law to deposit their personal records or grand jury application in a vault with a bank within 24 hours after he swears them in office. It is impossible for a vindictive accused corrupt official to retaliate against anyone of them. They write their votes secretly so that none of their fellow members which of them voted or not to indict a suspected crime offender.

The term of duty of its members is limited to 6 months and replaced regularly thereafter with a new set of members. The acts of the GJ is not subject to control or approval by any public official – not even the Ombudsman or any government prosecutor and it files in court directly to enable a court judge to issue an arrest warrant promptly. The only time the accused grafter or crime offender shall know that he is being accused for his criminal acts is when he is just about to be arrested by a sheriff.

I have drafted a proposed National Jury Law exactly the way it works in the U.S. You may read its provisions in the following web page: . Please copy/paste to your URL if it does not link with a click.

I have outlined for you the steps in chronological order in enacting the proposed law in the web page below: . Copy/paste if it does not link by a click.

To learn completely how the system works, I suggest that you read the following recommended publication once you have launched the sponsorship for the proposed Jury law which you can read in the web page below:

A simple jury diagram is published online and you may read it in the web page below to speed up your understanding how the 2 jury operate in tandem – the Grand Jury and Trial Jury:

Make a name for yourselves as the only organization that has ever stop government graft and corruption in the Philippines.

Thank you.

Atty. Marlowe Camello
Bar Member: Philippines and California

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