by Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Dumaguete City joined the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) in encouraging the youths to get involved in the upcoming May 2016 national and local elections by taking an active role in voter’s education and not to sell their votes.
DEB representative Engr. Fred Magallano said the board, a non-partisan citizen’s action group, has been setting up approaches in helping prepare young people in the selection of leaders that have integrity, competence, and dedication.
With the ‘One Good Vote’ program, Magallano said this campaign may focus on voting with a conscience that young people may reject vote buying.
Magallano said DEB is looking for youth volunteers as partners in the massive voters’ education and raise the level of the electorates to achieve a clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful (CHAMP) polls.
According to Dumaguete City Comelec Registrar Atty. Gildu Agoncillo, the youth sector is a potent force in the coming elections as they compose 75% of voting population in the city as well as in the province.
“Please vote wisely, your future are in your hands and worthy politician-leaders will find work for you,” Atty. Agoncillo urged the youths in a recent Kapihan forum.
Meanwhile, the Comelec officer reported that Negros Oriental is included as one of six provinces under the list of “areas of concern” for the May 2016 polls.
However, newly installed OIC- provincial director P/Sr. Supt Haris Fama of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) pointed out that being in the list “does not necessarily mean that the area is a hot spot or a high risk area”.
With the reactivation of NegOr Joint Security Control Centers (JSCC), Col Fama said this takes charge in the gun ban implementation and other security preparations for the 2016 elections.
Fama said PNP started the installation of checkpoints and the strict implementation of gun ban as the election period begins. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Anne Nichole Sison and Kristine Omondang, SPUD interns/This article was first published at PIA website on Jan. 23, 2015)