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Namfrel plants ‘seeds of change’ Registration for new voters held in Manila

Posted on: March 6, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 11:43:00 02/27/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Eleksyon 2010, Elections

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) In an effort to “plant the seeds of change” among the youth, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections has conducted a special registration drive for first time voters in two districts in Manila ahead of the 2010 elections, an official of the poll watchdog said.

“This is green politics, we are now planting the seeds of change by tapping the youth to participate in the upcoming 2010 elections by encouraging them to register and volunteer as poll watchers,” Albert Oasan, Namfrel head for Manila, said Friday.

The registration at San Beda College is part of the ongoing project of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Namfrel “Bagong Bida [New Hero] Be The Change, Botanteng Pilipino Magpalista Ka [Filipino voter, Register]” aimed at encouraging the youth, especially first time voters, to register and vote in the 2010 elections, said Oasan.

Oasan said the special registration started at about 8 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. Two data capturing machines from the Comelec Manila office were set up to capture voters’ information.

Oasan said they were hoping to get at least 200 new voters from the fourth and sixth districts and students from nearby schools.

Aside from the registration, there was talk on the history of Philippine elections and an orientation for first time voters given by Commission on Elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento who also urged them to be agents of change in the country by participating in the 2010 elections.

“Registration is a pillar of elections. The youth can do a lot of good by choosing leaders with integrity. Let us be hopeful we can have change. Change starts with your vote,” said Sarmiento.

Angel Bunag, representative of PPCRV-NAMFREL chairman Henrietta de Villa, challenged students to “be counted as voters by putting into action youth’s dynamism.”

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