By Chito Chavez
The country’s youth population, which comprises 45 percent of the electorate, was urged to exercise patriotism by meeting the September 29 voter’s registration deadline set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the 2019 midterm elections.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued the appeal as it has recognized the vital role the youth plays in nation building.
DILG Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya asked still unregistered Filipinos who are at least 18 years old to visit the nearest local Comelec office and have themselves registered as voters or apply for new registration or reactivation in case their records were deactivated for failure to vote in two successive regular elections.
Malaya reminded the unregistered youth voters to avoid last-minute rush to and inconveniences.
Malaya noted that exercising their right to suffrage is the most concrete way for the people to participate in democracy and change the course of governance.
The basic requirements to be an eligible Filipino voter, aside from being at least 18 years old, is to be a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and of the city or municipality wherein he or she intends to vote for at least six months prior to an election.
Registrants are required to bring a valid identification card with photograph and signature.
“Your vote on May 13 will have lasting impact on the political and socioeconomic future of our localities and our country,’’. Malaya emphasized.
“So be sure to be a registered voter for the May 13 polls. Do it for yourself, for your family and friends, for our country. Sabi nga nila #YOLO, you only live once. And every three years, #YOVO, you only vote once for national and local elections,” he added.