BM Loreto urges youth to register with Comelec
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte fifth district Board Member Carlo Loreto encourages the youth, particularly those who will be turning 18 years old on or before May 13, 2013, to go to their nearest Commission on Election (Comelec) office to register.
Board Member Loreto pointed out that every member of the community needs to register at the Comelec, in order for everyone to practice our sovereign or absolute right.
This as he said is the best way to help clear the direction of the government by choosing individuals whom we want to give public service to their constituents.
“For me, the strength of the democracy in the government lies in voters’ capacity to help attain clear government direction, and this can be done by voting,” Loreto said.
The Express noted that Loreto posted in his Facebook account the registration period for the upcoming 2013 national and local polls.
“The reason why I posted such matter on my Facebook account is for us to encourage as well as to promote the awareness about the registration period, especially now that its duration is just short,” he explained.
According to him, the Comelec stipulated that the registration period for the May 2013 elections would only be from August 1 to October 31, 2012.
“To new voters who will be coming to their nearest Comelec office to register must bring along them three copies (photocopy) of their birth certificates or any valid identification card where their birthday is stipulated,” Loreto said.
Meanwhile, voters who are planning to transfer their registration have to secure notarized barangay clearance from the respective barangay where they live and must indicate that they have stayed on said area at least six months before the application.
Moreover, Loreto then reminded registered voters who have not underwent biometrics to go to the Comelec office where they registered for biometrics purposes, so that they need not bring any ID during election period for verification.
“I believe that through election, we can make reforms by actively participating in governance. We can neither be a minority nor a majority sometimes, but because of the election process, we can make government happen for us,” he further said. (REY GERILLA GRADO)
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