SK meet urges youths to register for elections

11 05 2009

Over 100 youths attended a forum on voter registration and participation jointly sponsored by a youth movement and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Cebu City at the Cebu City Sports Center yesterday afternoon.

The activity dubbed as “Cebuano Ko! Responsible, Morehistro!” is one of several being spearheaded by the group First Time Voters’ Network (FTVN) aimed at drawing out the country’s youth to vote in next year’s national elections.

Among them was 19-year-old Mark Angelo Caballes, a resident of barangay Kalubihan, Cebu City.

A third year nursing student of the University of San Jose-Recolletos (USJ-R), Caballes firmly believes that his vote would matter in the national elections.

“It is important for me to cast my vote because a single vote can be the solution for the problems of the country,” Caballes told .

He urged other youths to head to the nearest Commission on Elections (Comelec) office to register.

“Being able to vote is a privilege to choose or select a leader,” he said.

FTVN director Aileen Tejano said their group is appealing to Cebuano youth to register early in order to avoid any last minute inconvenience.

The voters’ registration, she said, is done from Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m at the Comelec building in Cebu City.

Tejano said the voters only have 176 days from yesterday or until Oct. 31 to register for the elections.

A registrant only has to bring one valid identification card for the process, she said.

About nine million people will cast their votes for the first time next year.

The FTVN said they will intensify their campaign through radio and TV guestings, distribution of leaflets and flyers on the registration process.

Based on the 2000 National Statistics Office census-based population projection, about 56 percent of the 33 million voters in 2010 fall under the 18 to 40 year old bracket.

Source: CEBU Daily News

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