By Junex Doronio
October 12, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – With the extension of voter’s registration up to the end of this month, presidential aspirant Ka Leody de Guzman of Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) has asked the employers to grant paid leave to the workers who want to register with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Citing the experience in other countries, De Guzman said that voters eligible to vote are registered automatically.
“Nakikiusap ako sa mga negosyante, punan ang kakulangan ng pamahalaan. Bigyan ng paid leave ang mga arawang manggagawa na nais magparehistro (I am asking employers to step up for the government’s gaps and give workers who wish to register paid leaves.), De Guzman said.
The PLM presidential bet said in a statement on Monday, October 11, that if the country adopts a system where voters are automatically registered as long as they are eligible, people would be freed from a bureaucratic process that is a major stumbling block for them to exercise their rights.
“Bagamat makakatulong ang extension ng voter registration para mas marami ang makaboto sa halalan ng 2022, hindi naman dapat kailangan ang voter registration. Karapatan natin bilang mamamayan na bumoto (Although the extension of voter registration will help to include more voters in the 2022 elections, voter registration should not be required),” De Guzman stressed.
He noted that other countries like Israel, Chile, Argentina, and Hungary are already using an automated form of registration.
“Dapat automatic na pagdating mo ng 18 anyos, botante ka na. Hindi dapat mahirap gamitin ang karapatan mo (It should be automatic that upon reaching 18 years of age, you become a voter. It should not be difficult to exercise your right.), De Guzman said. (ai/mtvn)