Philippine Youth Must Register and Vote

WITH the youth vote now believed to be crucial for the dream revamp in the country's political system, Bohol Sangguniang Kabataan Federation echoes the call for the youth to register and make their votes count. 

Jorvan Cordova of the SKPF said that their campaign for youth vote has since started in May during their weekly radio program here.  

At the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, Cordova added that the SKProvincial federation through Board Member Jane Censoria Cajes, who consequently sits as the SKNational Federation president believes that a unified vote of the youth would surely topple all stereotypes of the corrupted political system in the country. 

We still have firm hopes that the youth are the hopes of today, not the future, Cajes once said.

Over this, even with their weekly go-out and vote campaigns through their radio program, the SKPF through the office of Board member Jane Censoria Cajes has sent official memoranda to all SK barangay offices to extend the invitation to urge members to register and offer any assistance to first time voters in their localities to facilitate registration. 

We have sent memos to all municipal and barangay offices to encourage youth to register and exercise their right to vote, he said. 

According to the Commission on Elections through Provincial Election Officer Eliseo Labaria, it would be relatively easy for first time registrants as they would only need to show a valid identification, fill up the forms and biometric data. 

The COMELEC website says qualified to register are persons turning 18 on or before May 10, 2010, has established residency and is not disqualified by law. 

Atty. Labaria said those qualified to register can go to the office of the election registrar between 8-5 pm Monday to Fridays in the areas where they reside until October 31. 

For overseas absentee voters, they only have until tomorrow Monday, August 31, the deadline for registration, the COMELEC said. (PIA)