In a little less than one year, Filipino voters will again flock to polling precincts to choose their representatives in the government. Politicians, or shall we say, potential candidates, even before the official campaign period started, have fanned themselves out in the hustings with microphones on one hand, and for some, maybe, money on the other?— figuratively and literally speaking, all in an effort to try and catch everybody’s attention.
Unfortunately, however, voters cannot, on a consistent basis, be expected to pick the right candidate — a bitter pill to swallow. Various studies have even shown that the lack of active political participation has been attributed to lack of access, lack of awareness, and even lack of motivation among the citizens to register and exercise their right to suffrage.
Year after year, a discouraging number of eligible voters also choose not to pull the levers of power. In 2016, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reported that out of the 54,363,844 registered voters, only 44,549,848 voters casted their votes which resulted in a Voters’ Turnout of 81.95%, significantly higher than that of 2019 Elections at 75.90% Voters’ Turnout where out of the 61,843,771 registered voters, only 46,937,139 voters casted their votes which means that the 14,906,632 registered voters did not cast their votes.
All of these issues are heightened by the pandemic. What accounts for the diminution in voter registration? The answer lies in the means that Filipino citizens ordinarily use to register or update their registration, many of which are unavailable due to the pandemic. The inaccessibility of the usual means for registering is therefore likely to have an especially severe impact on young citizens who would otherwise be exercising their right to vote for the first time, as well as continuing voters. This is one of the pandemic’s less visible effects on the electoral process, but it could well be the most significant. Due to restrictions and safety protocols, the COMELEC has projected a lower voters’ registration for the 2022 Elections.
In advance of the elections, YouVote of Global Shapers Iloilo, a network of dynamic and diverse young Ilonggos working together to address local, regional, and global challenges, in partnership with GooZam Grow, stops to consider the impact of non-voters, and worse, uninformed voters— all through the stratagem, Training the Trainers on Voters’ Education. The course will educate the voters of their right to suffrage and role in nation-building and reforms. This program, training the trainers, is the surest way to increase motivation to turnout so that election results might better match the will of the people.
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