Leaders urge youth to register

11 05 2009

TO remind the youth to register as voters, Cebu City’s youth leaders launched yesterday the 176-day countdown to the deadline of the voters registration, a campaign they want to bring to the barangays.

The First Time Voters’ (FTV) Network and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation in Cebu City renewed yesterday their commitment to the advocacy to register, educate and mobilize first-time voters to participate in the 2010 polls.

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With the theme “Cebuano Ko! Responsible, Morehistro,” the youth leaders want to instill in every Cebuano youth the responsibility to vote and help ensure a good future for them.

“We believe the Cebuanos are responsible people and that they will take it upon themselves to register and exercise their right to vote. On our part, we have committed to educate them not only about the registration process but also on the election process,” said Ailee Tejano, FTV Cebu coordinator.

After the registration period, FTV and the SK will concentrate on voters’ education, particularly in guiding the youth to elect candidates based on their platform and reform agenda instead of personality.

With some presidential hopefuls dragging celebrities into their campaign, FTV wants to intensify their campaign this year.
“We encourage the voters to vote on the basis of a candidate’s platform. Some voters tend to cast their votes based on personalities, but we believe the electorate has become more critical of the issues the candidates advocate,” Tejano told Sun.Star Cebu.

The FTV is also involved in organizing off-site registrations, including the one that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold at the City Hall today.Organized in 2001, the FTV Project is a networking and education program initiated by youth organizations in the schools and communities and the out-of-school youth.

Aside from their involvement in the elections, they also help raise the awareness of the youth in the political system, new politics and transformative governance.Citing records of the National Statistics Office (NSO), FTV Project emphasized that in 2010, an estimated 27.6 million young voters aged 18 to 24 years old will get to vote. Of the number, nine million are first-time voters from the schools and the barangays.

“These numbers, if harnessed, can make or break the turnout of the elections—for the candidates and for the future of the Philippines,” they said.

Source: Sunstar Cebu

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