First Time Voters’ Project


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Hey! Thanks for visiting this page! YES! IKAW nga! 18 YEARS OLD KA NABA pagdating ng May 2010??? Kung OO, aba! YOU should really read the information below!

I Register!

If you guys are 18 on or before May 2010, YOU have to register in COMELEC as early as you CAN!

How, When Where

“Applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation and changes/corrections of entries in the registration records/inclusion of registration records/reinstatement of name in the list of voters, shall be personally filed beginning December 2, 2008 to December 15, 2009 at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of the district/city/municipality where the applicant resides from Monday to Friday, during regular office hours at 8:00 o’clock AM to 5:00 o’clock PM,” Resolution No. 8514 promulgated November 12, 2008, the COMELEC.

Registration for 2009 will resume on January and will last until December 15 of the same year.

To be able to register, you must be:

A Filipino Citizen

A resident of the Philippines for at least one year

FIRST TIME VOTER who will turn 18 on the day of the election

Go to the local COMELEC office in your city and municipality and bring ANY of the following:

– School or employees ID with pic

– Driver’s License

– NBI / Police Clearance

– Postal I.D.

– Passport

Also, because FTV/Yvote has submitted formal proposals to COMELC to make the registration process more accessible to the youth, YOU guys can now download the registration forms from COMELEC’s website.

Applicants are expected to print out this form, accomplish it in three (3) copies, and bring to the COMELEC office for signing and thumbmarking in the presence of an election officer.

For the illiterate or differently-abled:

  • Applicant takes an oath before the EO.
  • Relative within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, a person of his confidence from the same household, or the EO assists in accomplishing the AF.
  • EO reads aloud the contents of the AF to the applicant to check if the given information is correct.
  • Applicant affixes thumbmark or some other customary mark on the accomplished AF, in the presence of the EO.
  • Assistor accomplishes 3 copies the Certification/
  • Attestation and then attached to the accomplished AF.

SUPER EASY aight??? So be sure that you will be a registered voter starting on May 2010!

What is First Time Voters Project?

History:

2001 Special Registration Campaign: 4.5 million first time voters were disenfranchised as they did not meet the registration deadline due to lack of information-awareness drive by the Commission on Elections

  • Stakeholders MASP, SCAP, ALYANSA and Akbayan Youth spearheaded the campaign to extend the registration
  • Series of pickets, campus and community tours, leafleting, postering and a concert draw out mass interests and was popularized as a national issue and elicited public opinion.
  • President Macapagal Arroyo’s visit at the first time voters’ camp and her administrations’ pledge of support
  • The historic call for a special session of Congress by the President to revise the law which limited the time for the voters to register
  • The class suit filed against the Commission on Elections to the Supreme Court
    The Unang Boto, Anti-Trapo Campaign
  • Until now, advocates work to institutionalize the FTV project as our generation’s response in changing the socio-political culture of the youth towards alternative politics and transformative governance.

So what is it really about?

The first time voters project is a networking and education program initiated by various youth organizations who remain committed in raising the awareness of the youth in our political system as well as involvement in electoral engagement towards alternative politics and transformative governance.

It is a network of organizations and individuals that advocates meaningful participation of young citizens aged 15-21 years and pushes for electoral and political reforms necessary for the democratization and social inclusion of the youth in addressing the continuing apathy and individualism.

The first time voters’ project is a continuing process of developing a new generation of electorate who exercise their right to suffrage and maximize such potent tools in determining the fate of the country and their future vis-à-vis maintaining an atmosphere of active involvement.


Now..

  • For the next fifteen years, Filipinos are to be composed of young generation (UNDP report)
  • Increasing numbers of Young Politicians in Government
  • Sangguniang Kabataan as youth’s space in democratization
  • 72% of the electorate will be composed of youth voters

Beat the odds..

  • Youth and Public Perception that Politics is dirty
  • Traditional practices in Philippine Politics as perpetuated by traditional politicians
  • Crooked electoral system because of powerful fraudulent politicians
  • Personality-oriented and interest driven politics
  • Growing culture of pessimism and individualism among the youth
  • Lack of information and alienation of youth in political processes and institutions
  • The insignificance of youth voice and youth vote

What to do…

  • Processing the young generation with a different view of politics
  • Developing a second line of reformed leadership
  • Rejuvenating the youth’s active involvement in political processes
  • Exercising the right elections
  • A young generation who is young informed and critical.

Objective:

To raise meaningful participation of the youth in Philippine political processes by examining socio-political economic issues and encouraging voters’ critical choice and active political involvement towards alternative politics and transformative governance.

Vision:

The First Time Voters Project envisions an informed critical young electorate who actively participates in Philippine political processes aiming towards alternative politics and transformative governance.

Mission:

The First Time Voters Project tasks itself to educate the young generation while motivating their involvement and addressing the decline in their political and electoral participation through practical, youthful and action oriented means of intervention and cooperation

Programs:

1. Tapping network of youth and students’ organizations and/or individuals in the communities and schools as first time voters


2. Tapping potential allied peoples’ organizations, non-government organizations and local government units to support the project

3. Printing and disseminating voters’ education materials

4. Spearheading registration campaign and awareness drive in schools and communities

5. Facilitating popular voters’ and political education at grassroots level

6. Building a learning system for project stakeholders and volunteers necessary to carry out the popular voters education

7. Creating alternative means and venue for active political participation of the youth

8. Policy Advocacy

9. Capacity building for young people in governance

10. Formulation and Monitoring of Alternative Youth Agenda

I Vote, I Transform!

Young voters comprise the majority of the voting population every elections. This doesn’t only mean the youth can swing the results of the elections, but it also tells us the power of the youth to significantly contribute to the institutionalization of deeper and meaningful reforms in our political system.

Using this power is not only important, but is also necessary and urgent. The country is currently facing a serious political and economic crisis. The space for reforms provided by EDSA 1 and 2 has been bastardized by traditional politicians who put personal and myopic interests above the interests of the nation. Competence, credibility, and good governance have been replaced by popularity, prominent family names, and wealth.

Voting and being active during elections would not guarantee immediate reforms and changes in our political system. However, it is an important start: by electing as many progressive candidates as possible, the chance of having more reforms and changes in our politics becomes greater.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CANDIDATE:

There will be hundreds of candidates that will be running for different positions in the coming polls. Add that to the thousands of voters who will flock to their precints and you’d probably consider skipping this elections and staying at home instead.

Much of the stress that takes place during election day can be significantly reduced if we go to our precincts ready and well prepared. And we don’t prepare for the election on the day of voting itself: this must be done much earlier to have the advantage of time to learn more about our candidates, or our own position on issues.

Here’s a simple step by step guide to a well-informed and stress-free voting:

STEP 1: KNOW YOUR ISSUES

Instead of relying on the candidates to tell you about the issues that you should hear from them, why not do it other way around this time? Remember, elective officials are supposed to represent you and the people’s concern should set the priority issues or platform of the candidate.

One practical thing to do is to list down the issues that you feel strongly about. Many young Filipinos feel strongly about the kind of education that they get, or how accessible education is, or the chances of getting a job after their studies. Others are more interested in their participation in the government’s decision-making processes, from the proposed abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan to having meaningful consultations with public officials.

STEP 2: IMAGINE THE SOLUTION

This isn’t as hard or difficult as it sounds. We don’t have expect young voters to have the solution to the problems and issues that the country faces. But the idea is, other than knowing what issues the candidates should champion, we should also have a sense on how they should propose to solve or handle issues.

One good way to do this is to contact other youth groups or civil society organizations that have done research on specific issues and have proposed policies or solution to these issues.

STEP 3: KNOW THE CANDIDATES

It’s election season and a lot of traditional politicians are spending millions of pesos to project a different and a more attractive image. This makes it difficult to get more information directly from the candidates, but then we need to be persistent. There are many possible sources of background information on the candidates, if the candidate is a re-electionist, then get a copy of the candidate’s voting record. This would tell us how they decided on certain issues. Obtain a list of the bills that he or she supported or voted against, his or her project and programs, and get a copy of his or her statement of assets and liabilities to see his or her financial or business interests. If a candidate is not an incumbent, then get a copy of his or her platform and position papers. Be attentive to the media reports on the candidate. If worse comes to worse, then brave the candidate’s campaign sortie, where sometimes voters can get a chance to talk to the candidate directly.

Look into leadership skills of the candidate. Does he or she accept invitations to debates or does he or she have the patience to listen to the voters? Are his or her campaign materials accurate?

STEP 4: EVALUATE WHAT YOU GOT

Candidates oftentimes have spin doctors, or political operators, that write their speeches or develop their platforms. This makes it important to evaluate the materials that you have obtained to have a more discerning and critical assessment of the candidate. A lot of candidates avoid ambush interviews from the press precisely because they do not know a thing about important issues and at times this is more revealing than the impressive resumes that were provided by the candidate’s campaigners.

STEP 5: TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK

Talk to your friends or to your family about your impressions of the candidate. This helps broaden our perspectives on the issues that we care about and may even help us obtain more information and data for our political decisions. Remember, though, not to discount your personal opinions or perspective of others. Be broad-minded. Since you are doing this way before the Election Day, you have the luxury of time to analyze all the stuffs that you’ve heard.

STEP 6: TAKE A BREAK, AND FINALLY…

Review your data and compare the candidates, ask yourself who among the candidates champion the issues you feel strongly about. Check, who is doing his or her campaign fair and square. Then choose the candidate that you will vote for.

OOPSS… LAST ONE

Of course if you feel strongly about the candidate, and if you really want him or her to win, you can always join his or her campaign!

OR

Join us! We, in the First Time Voters Network are welcoming young advocates to be with us in our activities. For more information, you can contact the SCAP secretariat through the contact details in this weblog or drop us a line at ftv.project@gmail.com .

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7 05 2012



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