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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 03:22 PM
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59. Philippines: Be counted, young voters urged
Young first-time voters could make or break a presidential candidates chances in the coming elections, with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and poll watchdogs anticipating an increase in their number by 2010.

At the launch of the youth voters registration drive called Bagong Bida, Be the Change at the Comelec headquarters in Manila Tuesday, National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) Chair Henrietta de Villa said they expect an increase of two million youth voters added to the estimated nine million who participated in the 2007 midterm elections.

With young voters numbering 11 million, De Villa said they could be a formidable bloc in 2010. Around 13 million voted for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 presidential election, she added. If you have 10 million votes, you already have a base. It would be difficult for your opponents to catch up.

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