Smart has teamed up with Vote Pilipinas to encourage more Filipinos to register and vote in the May 22 elections next year.
Vote Pilipinas has been designated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as its official voter information campaign partner that offers non-profit, non-partisan online and offline information concerning the 2022 national elections.
Under this partnership, Smart will boost Vote Pilipinas’ online call-to-action through social media executions and will help widen its reach through communications support. These efforts are aimed at empowering Filipinos, especially those who fall within crucial age demographics such as the youth.
With improved connectivity from Smart and GIGA offers, information on reliable websites like Vote Pilipinas are made more accessible to Filipinos. These include registration-related information such as requirements, deadlines, site safety protocols, and other reminders.
“We seek partners like Smart who wish to join us in our crusade in making sure that our circles of influence are registered voters. Gaining the support of Smart was ‘a happy accident’, but approaching them was a foregone conclusion because Smart has really been the prime mover of nation-building in technology,” said Ces Rondario, founder of Vote Pilipinas.
“We have to speak. We have to vote. We have to lend our little voices and let them grow into something bigger,” Janelle said. “It’s a common misconception that only the older generations are concerned about the elections. It is our concern as well, and we can have a strong voice if we use it,” she added.
According to Rondario, COMELEC data show that as of August 2021, the total number of registered voters is at 61.6 million, with 52% being young Filipinos.
As the most “tech savvy generation”, Katrina believes millennials and Gen Z’s like her can harness technology for good citizenship.
“This is not about any parties. This is not about any personalities. This is about the Philippines. Let us go out and register because no matter the circumstances, we are all part of this future,” Rondario said.
Recently, Smart also assisted in the #MagpaRehistroKa Town Hall led by Vote Pilipinas for Filipinos belonging to the vulnerable sectors, including senior citizens, indigenous peoples (IPs), persons with disabilities (PWDs), and persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
Because of the extraordinary circumstances, the COMELEC has extended the deadline of voter registration to October 30 to accommodate more voter applicants and to give them ample time to register.
The registration services will be open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and only one Saturday. The last day of registration is on October 30, 2021.
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