Issue of September 8, 2019
Mt. Province
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COMELEC brings off-site voter listing to PMA cadets, soldiers
by PNA release

The Commission on Elections brought its off-site voter registration to the Philippine Military Academy.

“We try to be as inclusive as possible by going out and encouraging all organizations, all groups – the students, officers, cadets to join in the process, making themselves count in the democratic process,” said City Election Officer John Paul Martin.

PMA Information Officer Maj. Reynan Afan said the academy has about 2,000 personnel, including the cadets.

He said they always have the cadets register as voters in Baguio considering that they will stay in the academy for four years.

To date, there are 1,100 cadets in the PMA.

“We would like to have a greater voice in governance in both the local and national  fronts, through our right of suffrage,” Afan said.

Martin said they have scheduled several on-site voters’ registration to reach out to more voters.

In August, more than 4,000 voters have been registered.

However, he qualified that this will not increase the number of voters because, in Baguio alone, around 30,000 voters were delisted for failing to cast their votes in the last two elections.

“From 164,000, our list was trimmed to 130,000,” Martin said.

Those who prefer to register with the Comelec office can do so from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Martin said.

Registrants must bring with them an identification document like birth, baptismal, or marriage certificate, and a valid ID.

Aside from registering voters, the Comelec is also simultaneously doing an information campaign and lectures to encourage the public to participate in the elections.

The lectures also include the Comelec’s anti-vote-buying drive.

“We need to let the people know that we are serious in conducting an election. It will generate awareness in them that they need to register and be able to choose the right leader. For them to know the importance of choosing the right leader and receive the best service from the government,” Martin said.

“This is just a small step to achieve a greater goal to inform one person who will inform the others, his peers, the community, and achieve the goal of having educated voters,” he said.

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