Cebu youth reminded: Register to vote

This is a press release from the First Time Voters’ Network:

MANILA, Philippines —  Have you registered? (READ: How to register)

First Time Voters’ Network (FTVN), a coalition of youth groups for the elections, is calling on the Cebu City Council to urge young voters to register before the deadline on October 31, 2015.

FTVN is urging their allies in the City Council to use their powers in encouraging young people to exercise their right to vote. (READ: #PHVoteChallenge)

Councilor Alvin Dizon, a member of the Cebu City Council, wants local government units (LGUs) to make the last push for young voters to register. “The youth here in Cebu is very involved in politics. We need to tap on their energy and translate it into meaningful votes,” said Dizon.

Meanwhile, Akbayan Youth Visayas head Jumjum Ouano supported the call for the Council to mobilize young people to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). “We can’t afford to have hundreds of young voters to miss out on their right to participate in national elections,” Ouano said. “If we have to knock on every young voters’ homes or schools, we will.”

Cebu province has a total of 2,481,068 registered voters as of January 2015, according to the COMELEC. Majority of Cebu City’s 565,150 voters are aged 18 to 30 years old.

The COMELEC set the deadline for registration on October 31, a Saturday, until 5:00 PM in all registration outlets, including municipal, city, and barangay halls, as well as selected malls.

All Filipino citizens who have not yet registered, at least 18 years old, and residents for at least 6 months of the place they wish to vote in are qualified to register via biometrics.

According to the COMELEC, almost 54 million Filipinos registered as voters in the 2013 midterm elections. Almost 18 million of them were aged 18 to 30, rendering the youth vote as a force to reckon with during elections. Voter turnout was at 75.72% during the said elections. 

Akbayan Youth has been active in encouraging youth participation in various aspects of governance, including elections. For the movement, the youth has the right and duty to be involved in reform politics if only to affect meaningful and long-lasting change in society. –