SLF URGES YOUTH TO PROTECT VOTE

The Student Leaders’ Forum (SLF) has called on its fellow youth to not only cast their vote this coming May 14, but to also actively participate in the protection of their votes.

“It’s common to call on the youth to exercise their right to vote,” Ace Gomez, SLF President, said. “But this time, we want to ask our fellow youth to go beyond suffrage and actively protect their vote.”

Gomez said that there has always been a strong youth component to vote protection, particularly with the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), which has its national headquarters in De La Salle Greenhills and its Quezon City headquarters in Ateneo de Manila University. Students have been known to volunteer in large numbers for NAMFREL during election season as vote tabulators and field operatives.

The election watchdog of the Catholic Church, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), has also seen large numbers of young, mostly from Parish Youth Ministries and active Church youth organizations volunteer for its own operations.

“The stakes are higher this time, though, what with the Garci Tapes issue hanging over this election,” Gomez pointed out. “Now, more than ever, there is a need for the Filipino youth to help safeguard the vote, to help ensure that the results for this one will be beyond question.”

For its part, Gomez said that SLF has posted in its blog, guidelines on how to help protect the vote. Gomez said that the SLF will also talk to its member and allied organizations about increased participation in vote protection for this year.

“We have a stake in ensuring this elections is a clean one,” Gomez said, “after all, its our future were talking about here, and we want it to be at least less crazier and more hopeful than the one we have right now.”


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THE POLLWATCHERS
PROCEDURE OF VOTING
PHASES OF POLLWATCHING ON ELECTION DAY
RULES ON THE APPRECIATION OF BALLOTS
FLOWCHART: CASTING AND COUNTING OF VOTES
PPCRV POLLWATCHERS HANDBOOK


REFERENCES

THE OMNIBUS ELECTION CODE
Commission on Election Website

ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT: A MANUAL ON VOTE-GETTING AND VOTE-PROTECTION STRATEGIES
A Publication by the National Institute for Policy Studies

STUDY AIDS: CASTING AND COUNTING OF VOTES AND POLLWATCHING
By Atty. Alberto C. Agra