MANILA, Philippines – The challenge, come the 2016 elections, is to elect the leaders you want and deserve.
But how do we ensure that the leaders you choose represent your voice?
It starts with you. You are one of the 54 million people who will vote for at least 18,000 officials from president to councilors in May.
Your choice is personal but its impact is social. Voters – 40% of whom are young people – are now widely connected because of technology, the Internet, and social media. This is the power each voter holds in his or her hand, and it can determine the outcome of the elections.
Let’s harness it. Be among the one million volunteers who will help your community compel candidates to talk about issues, vote with enough information, and protect their votes.
To encourage more Filipinos to vote, Rappler is holding the #PHVote Challenge, an online platform that takes netizens on a journey, from registration, to discussing issues, engaging candidates, and safeguarding votes. It gives you the information you need on the issues you care about and the province you come from.
Steps to take
Below are the steps in taking the #PHVoteChallenge:
Register for the 2016 elections (The deadline is on October 31)
Go to phvote.rappler.com
Join via Facebook or Twitter
Fill out the form (i.e., name, birthday, province or city)
Check whether you're a registered voter or not
If you're not yet registered, we will email you a step-by-step guide on how you can register
Oct 12-16 challenge
This is only the beginning of a voter's journey until May 2016.
You will be taken through several phases – from registration, discussions, candidate selection, voting, to election results monitoring. Specific challenges will be unlocked for each of these phases.
From October 12 to 16, join us in quickly listing down and mapping out who are filing their candidacies and their location.
Let's be each other's eyes. This will help voters get the information they need at a glance.
Voting is a personal journey. The #PHVoteChallenge encourages you to take with you your friends and family. Invite them to join the challenge now. – Rappler.com