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7 11 2009
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COMELEC MUST MECHANIZE EFFORTS FOR A FAIR INFO AND REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN

24 07 2009

In order to demonstrate the very essence of democracy in a democratically-chartered society, there should be an election that will faultlessly represent the voice of each sector—the urban poor, professionals and the youth. This consensus of every stakeholder is so much crucial so that the chosen leader will speak in behalf of all.

The youth comprises a huge majority of our voting population. And they are known as the most expressive, loud and provocative in terms of fashion, passion and conviction. Hip and trendy social artifacts in form of clothes, music and the like give voice to the submerged emotion deep-seated in their soul. Aside from being expressive, the youth is also known for a shared angst in civilization–one for all, all for one. An individual vote can also be the block vote of all the youngsters in a community.

The electoral power of the first time voting populace is enough to proclaim our next mayor, governor, House Representative, Senator, and President. However, this huge potential is not fully-encouraged. Every election time, millions of youth were disenfranchised and put into trash because of a lack of extensive information and education program of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in order to reach those in the far-flung areas.

COMELEC lacks in drive to succeed in touching colleges, universities, locales, Sangguniang Kabataan chapters and every point where the youth meet and share interest. The October 31 deadline given by the said agency for registration is yet to be known by students who cannot lend time because of their studies and other busyness.

If the youth is apathetic and cynical of the changes a single vote can do for a nation, we can blame it to the same apathy of the agency mandated to manage election and registration. Instead of motivation, first time voters receive nothing but shrugs, resulting to lethargy. Instead of a maximized youth power for a fair, honest and well-represented election, they remain unheard, silent and dead.

There is news that the COMELEC says that 25 million out of the 48 million registered may have to register again for the biometrics data. According to Senator Francis Pangilinan, “This should have been made known earlier. The commission should know the significance of the 2010 elections, and do their utmost best to ensure smooth electoral process.”

Also, there are places in the country like the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) where first time registrants opt to find safer places to evacuate than register for elections because of their war-stricken situation.

From information dissemination to long queues in the registration, everything is catastrophic. And if the COMELEC failed in the very first phase of the electoral process, that is, info drive, the youth cannot go on to the next stage of queuing and voting.

If democracy is salient in the sustenance of compromise and consensus in a society where individual lives are important, then a program for info and education dissemination must be designed by the Commission on Election. For a fair appointment regardless of race, religion, age and socio-economic status, we go for a wide drive for political literacy!

Contributed by Francis Bautista, 4th year Communication Research Student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, a member of the Movement for the Advancement of Student Power and the First Time Voters’ Project





Sunstar Editorial May 13, 2009 Responsible Electorate

13 05 2009

05-13-2009op-edMUCH of the basic political problems that have plagued this country and which our people have accepted as traditional can be traced to a weak-willed and unassertive electorate that most, if not all, politicians manipulate through material rewards or threats of violence.

Thus, the recent call by Cebu City’s youth leaders for first-time voters to register is a move in the right direction.

First Time Voters (FTV) Network, together with the Sagguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, renewed “their commitment to the advocacy to register, educate, and mobilize first-time voters to participate in the 2010 polls.”

Hopefully, the youth can make a decided difference in the next elections.

Note that there was an earlier proposal to separate the SK elections from the regular national elections so the nation’s youth may be protected from the corrupting influence of traditional politics as practiced by our “tradpols.”

The proposal called for the SK polls to be held after the 2010 presidential elections to ensure that the process would be free from the clutches of traditional politicians.

Support

In any event, the efforts of our youth leaders may find support from what might be called a counterpart movement from the ranks of political concerned adults.

There is the report that a group of concerned citizens “have launched a movement that aims to return political power back to the people in the 2010 elections.”

The Change Politics Movement (CPM) was formed by community-based workers and non-government organizations.

Launched simultaneously in ten cities from various parts of the country the other day, CPM was organized in Manila two months ago.

The movement “advocates transparency, honesty, respect for human rights, service to the people, working with integrity and ethics, solidarity, and protection of national patrimony and sovereignty; and recognizes the right to self-determination and the right of the poor.

Change

A CPM Cebu leader observed that in the past elections Filipinos appeared to have given up, having become accustomed “to the ‘reality’ that elections are won through power, money and political patronage…Our democratic institutions have weakened because people have acquired a cynical apathy, believing that our country is hopeless for change.”

The CPM is not a political party, but it seeks political change through intelligent voting.

The point at issue, though, is the need to generate among our electorate nationwide genuine political reforms, a change in the basic attitude of our people towards the power of their vote, and the awareness that assertion of such power could come only from them who must will the change through the responsible use of their ballots.

Source: Sustar Cebu





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





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





Magparehistro. Bumoto. May Pag-asa pa.

10 05 2009

Media Person/s: Eriza Dapitan (eriza.dapitan@gmail.com)

TaskForce2010 and First Time Voters Network Commit 365 days for Electoral Reform Advocacy

TaskForce2010, the broadest electoral reform coalition, spearheads the continuous engagement of civil society groups in the electoral reform advocacy, as it supports the First Time Voters Network’s gathering in EDSA grounds, today, May 11, 2009, to broadcast the message of hope amidst the general public’s disillusionment and distrust in the political and electoral system of the country.

“There’s nothing like seeing the young people optimistic about their future. This gathering echoes our deepest hopes for genuine reforms to take place in this country,” says Paula Bianca Lapuz, FTV National Convenor.

The youth group will light up 150 candles in the EDSA grounds to symbolize their commitment to spread the campaign on voters’ registration and conscientious voting in 2010 among young people all over the country, exactly one year before the elections.

Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Co-Chair of TF2010, will preside over a mass after the candle lighting to solemnize the event. The Bishop is expected to tackle the issues of registering and voting responsibly.

“EDSA Shrine is also a very symbolic venue for this activity as it embodies the aspirations of the first People Power in 1986. This time around, we will show a different People Power, we will ensure that the young people will make their mark in 2010, we will show the youth power in the ballots,” adds Helen Joy Paulino, National Spokesperson of FTV.

FTV Network is the youth arm of TF2010, and is leading the campaign to get young people involved in the pre-, actual, and post electoral processes of the country. The network has said in its previous statements that should all the first time voters vote critically in 2010, the young people can in fact ELECT the country’s next president.

Roughly making up of 60% of the electorate in 2010, with an estimate number of NINE million first time voters, young people will definitely prove to be a political force to reckon with, if and when they indeed vote.

“We’d like to make this campaign as meaningful and as exciting for all FTV’s aged 17-25 years old, as it was for us for the past EIGHT years since we started in 2001, and we want all the young people to enjoy the same experiences that we’ve had. We are very glad that young people from Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Isabela, Rizal, Cebu, and Davao were among the first FTV areas to launch FTV 100-a campaign to get 100 youth organizations that will do the FTV campaign,” states Lapuz.

The network is looking forward to mobilize more young people to register in COMELEC in all its other areas as well. FTV groups all over the country have started their own processes and localized campaigns on voters’ registration.

“As we all light our candles, we hope to impart the importance of the young people’s participation in our democratic exercises, most especially in the polls. We all want to ensure that all our votes will be counted but before that we have to ensure that we will register, and then further make sure that our votes will truly reflect our aspirations and values as a people, magparehistro, bumoto, may pag-asa pa,” concludes Paulino.#####





FTV 100 Launch in Rizal!

17 04 2009
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