I recently defended my thesis on social media, the Filipino youth, and political participation during the 2016 elections. It emphasizes the significance of youth political participation in flexing their political muscles and expressing their potilical opinions on social media during one of, if not the most, contentious elections in the Philippines.
A total of 24,730,013 or 45.49% of registered voters belonged to the youth age group during the 2016 elections. In numbers alone, it is no doubt that the youth vote is important. In effect, young people's political choices may predict the next leaders who in turn will run the country's future.
The story of the 2019 elections is no different as it's a reminder of the importance of youth vote. This is why I did an analysis of the results of mock elections conducted in 7 universities in the country, based on posts from various official Facebook pages of student organizations. (READ: Youth urged to vote in 2019 elections)
Here are some takeaways we can get from the mock elections conducted in the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, Philippine Normal University (PNU), UP Baguio, University of San Carlos (USC), UP Diliman, University of Santo Tomas (UST)- College of Accountancy, and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP):
Analyzing the voting patterns of Filipino university students tells us 3 central ideas.
First, it tells us about young people's opinions on who among the administration and opposition bets would be included in their ballots. Second, it reveals how students from different universities choose their candidates. And third, it shows how, based on the results of a prominent research firm's latest survey, the youth vote is completely different. – Rappler.com
Jerome Papa Lucas, 28, is a social media strategist and influencer. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Research from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Master of Arts in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman.