Actress Judy Ann Santos eyed to help educate voters
Posted February 19, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:32:00 02/19/2010
Filed Under: Entertainment (general), Eleksyon 2010, Celebrities, Politics, Elections
MANILA, Philippines – Popular actress Judy Ann Santos might be tapped again in the May elections, but this time not to campaign for a candidate but to educate voters on how to fill up the ballots correctly in the country’s first automated polls, an official of the Commission on Elections said Friday.
Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said that Santos, who said she would not endorse any candidate, would be a good choice because she would not be partisan.
On Thursday, Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal urged celebrities and media celebrities to help them in educating voters by appearing in infomercial ads about how to properly shade the ovals opposite the names of candidates.
“The idea of Commissioner Larrazabal is great. Celebrities and media personalities have the start power and a strong following, which they can use to teach Filipinos on how to properly vote. As voters, we urge them to fulfill their patriotic obligations and support Comelec’s voter education campaigns,” said Ferrer.
“We are open to talk to them and draft the guidelines on what would be their roles as educators of voters,” said Ferrer.
The poll official, however, said he personally preferred celebrities who were not known endorsers of candidates, to prevent politicizing of the infomercials on filling up the ballots but added that he was open to coordinate with all personalities who willing to help Comelec.
Actress-TV host Kris Aquino, sister of presidential bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, also welcomed the idea of helping Comelec in voter’s education.