#VotersRegistration: The good, the bad, and the hopeful
COMELEC extended its office hours this week, long queues and disgruntled registrants still mar the process.MANILA, Philippines – With the Commission on Elections voters' registration period drawing to a close, potential voters race against the clock in the final week that ends on October 31. The result? Even after
To further raise awareness on the final week of registration, COMELEC and local elections watchdog Lente PH partnered with Rappler for the #VotersRegistration Twitter conversation on October 27, 2015. This provided users with a much-needed avenue for feedback on the registration process.
The conversation harnessed the hashtags #VotersRegistration and #PHVote. According to Reach, Rappler's social media analytics app, these hashtags generated 52,374,270 million impressions (or the number of people who saw said hashtags on their Twitter feeds) during the conversation period, which ran from 4 pm to 7 pm, 691 posts were generated by 454 unique authors.
Let's now look at the key insights the conversation generated:
While some people were bogged down by their schedule, there were those who opted for early registration. For a few lucky registrants, the whole process took no longer than 15 minutes:
Even some voters outside the country experienced hassle-free registration, as @MkSurf8 can attest in his trip to the Philippine embassy in Singapore:
One of the early birds was even treated to a pretty sight at the COMELEC office:
Ain’t so easy goin’ tardy
Those who opted to wait for until the last minute reported long queues and even longer hours, as Twitter user @paulgabrielllll stated:
Some of the satellite registration sites were hounded by logistical problems:
People cutting in line (boo!):
And one user was cut off from the registration process altogether:
Twitter users, though finding a few steps in the process questionable, do have some enlightening suggestions for the COMELEC. COMELEC partnering with various malls for satellite registration apparently is a very good thing:
Bright spark @theMARRRA kept it short, simple, and sweet:
Of course, keeping the public informed should be a priority as well:
And for those going to register this week, here’s sound advice from @reyaika:
No one should ever give up on registering for the 2016 elections. As the COMELEC registration deadline looms ahead with no further plans for an extension, people are urged to practice their right to suffrage – no matter how jaded they may be about the elections.
@rapplerdotcom Better remind them that this is their chance to enhance the lives of their future children. @rapplerdotcom That there is no reason to lose hope. The future of this country is in our very hands. The least we could do is do our part.
@rapplerdotcom Better remind them that this is their chance to enhance the lives of their future children.— Ronalyn (@PogsPordan) October 27, 2015
@rapplerdotcom That there is no reason to lose hope. The future of this country is in our very hands. The least we could do is do our part.— Ek Testa (@EkTesta) October 27, 2015
Finally, the one thing that should really wrap up the whole election period:
Have some other thoughts and insights on early/late registration? Sign up and write about it on X, or check out #PHVote on Twitter and Facebook and tell us about your #VotersRegistration experience! – Rappler.com/Noel Lopez with additional research by Marguerite de Leon
Noel Lopez is an intern for Rappler's Social Media Team.
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