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COMELEC reminds youths not to sell vote for “worth of hamburger”
By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – “I’m not expecting that you will be selling your vote for the worth of a hamburger or cellphone load.”
This is the message delivered by Atty. Gildu Agoncillo, election supervisor here to the young people who attended a forum on election preparations in the city yesterday.
Agoncillo reiterated the appeal of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to the youths to practice responsible voting and to not patronize vote buying during the election.
He noted that there will be more young voters in the upcoming elections this May.
“I hope you will vote wisely this coming elections and your vote will be counted. It’s your future (that is at stake) here because these politicians are the ones who will find work for you,” he added.
In a similar development, the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB), an election action group under the Diocese of Dumaguete (DEB) is putting more focus on the youths in their campaign for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections.
“This time, we are campaigning for the participation of students and the out-of-school youths to volunteer for election duties,” said Fred Magallano, a member of DEB.
Magallano disclosed that DEB is set to conduct voter’s education forums in different universities and colleges in the city as part of the programs under this advocacy.
Aside from this, other programs include training for youth volunteers on poll watching and poll assisting and Candidate’s Forum, a series of discussions which will serve as an avenue for candidates to express their platforms and present solutions on several issues affecting their locality.
DEB will also hold a “Walk for Champ” event to elicit support from different stakeholders in observing CHAMP elections. (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA website on January 21, 2015)