Impact Hub Manila (IHM), in partnership with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC), upgraded its voter education site Vote Pilipinas to include a Voter Registration Service Test. The new feature provides additional information users need to know to register and encourage them to vote.
Vote Pilipinas is the official Voter Registration Information campaign partner of the COMELEC that showcases easily digestible information on the registration process, voting precincts, requirements, and important dates to remember.
The innovative Voter Registration Service Test gives users additional information such as:
- the nearest Office of the Election Officer (OEO) office to contact
- a list of IDs to bring
- forms to download
- other important reminders to reduce the time spent at COMELEC headquarters during on-ground registration
“We are thrilled for Filipino people to utilize and take advantage of Vote Pilipinas. This is a crucial step to educate voters and bring more people in to exercise their right to suffrage,” said James Jimenez, COMELEC spokesperson.
Started in August, the campaign aims to increase the number of voter registration and election turnout in time for the next national elections.
“One of the campaign’s goals is to provide every Filipino with access to the right information so they can register and ultimately vote. We hope that through the Vote Pilipinas campaign, we can shift mindsets and make people realize that every vote counts,” said Ces Rondario, Impact Hub Manila’s co-founder and the brainchild of Vote Pilipinas.
Data from the COMELEC show that in 2019, only 75.9% of registered voters turned up to cast their votes, or about one in every four registered voters did not participate in voting. Come 2022, more young people will be eligible to vote. Through Vote Pilipinas, IHM aims to encourage 7 million more Filipinos to register.