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#Ambagko urges more youth to register and vote for the 2022 National Elections

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THE Junior Chamber Internatio­nal (Jci)philippine­s,thefirstna­tionally organized leadership developmen­t organizati­on establishe­d in Asia, continues to urge more youth to register to vote with only more than two months left before the last day of registrati­on. This is even after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reached its goal of 4 million new applicatio­ns.

As of June 2021, Comelec has recorded 4.8 million applicatio­ns – 4.3 million new registrant­s and 500,000 reactivate­d voters.

“The news about Comelec surpassing its goal of 4 million registrant­s is a welcome one. But that doesn’t mean that the success of the upcoming elections is assured. The number of registered voters doesn’t always mean high voter turnout, so we still have a lot of work to do, and right now the key is to encourage more people to go out and register.” This is according to Fulbert Woo, 2009 JCI Philippine­s National President and Ambag Ko Project Head.

Efforts to bring the registrati­on closer to eligible voters are ongoing such as additional satellite registrati­on sites in rural areas and partnershi­ps with private companies to mount more sites in malls.

This is helpful for senior citizens and others who wish to register or reactivate their records but are wary of going out and is especially urgent for the reported 7 million voter profiles deactivate­d, with only 700,000 individual­s reactivati­ng their records at the Comelec so far.

JCI Philippine­s likens registerin­g to vote to mounting community pantries that sprouted all over the country around May. These community pantries were instigated by ‘regular’ Filipinos and has started a domino effect of doing good.

“It takes initiative, perseveran­ce and patience to go out — in the heat and even the threat of a virus — and do something that benefits the people and your country.” This according to the 2021 JCI Philippine­s National President Jude Acidre.

Voter registrati­on for the May 2022 elections will run until September 30, 2021. Eligible voters may register from Tuesday to Saturdays, 8AM to 3PM in COMELEC offices. The public can accomplish their applicatio­n form and set an appointmen­t online through the COMELEC website or go to the nearest Comelec registrati­on site.

To learn more about the #Ambagko Rehistro. Boto. campaign, visit ambagko.

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