By: Efren Danao
May 11, 2009
He cited a statement of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that only 10 percent of the youths qualified to vote in 2010 have registered. The continuing registration of voters ends on October 31, 2009.
Pangilinan, an independent, noted that in 2007, some 75 percent young Filipinos failed to vote, because they did not know that they were supposed to register.
“If this number remains unchanged, 3.75 million first-time voters in 2010 will be disenfranchised,” he said.
He explained that Filipinos aged 35 years old and younger would comprise 54 percent of the voting population, with 5 million of them being first-time voters. “That’s enough to swing the vote, enough to change the electoral landscape, enough to change the face of Philippine governance.”
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