Youth partylist to petition SC to extend voters’ registration




MANILA, Philippines — The Kabataan Partylist group is set to file on Wednesday a petition asking the Supreme Court to extend voters’ registration.

In a statement, the group said it would file within the day an urgent petition for certiorari and mandamus, with application for mandatory injunction, praying for voters’ registration to continue until January 12.

Today is the last day for those seeking to register for the 2013 elections.

The group’s petition cited Section 8 of the Voter’s Registration Act which states, “The personal filing of application of registration of voters shall be conducted daily in the office of the Election Officer during regular office hours. No registration shall, however, be conducted during the period starting one hundred twenty days before a regular election and ninety days before a special election.”

Kabataan Partylist president and general counsel, lawyer Terry Ridon, argued that the deadline imposed by the Commission on Elections was illegal.

“In 2009, the Supreme Court has already ruled that the Comelec cannot prematurely terminate the continuing registration of voters before the prohibitive period of election registration defined under the law – 120 days before the regular elections,” Ridon explained.

The partylist group sent a letter requesting for the extension of voters’ registration to the Comelec.

“However, we feel that Comelec will again act on this request half-heartedly, that is why we seek relief before the high tribunal today [Wednesday],” said Ridon.

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  • baltik75

    This Kabataan Party-List Group is on the wrong side again! Instead of them helping and teaching the youth to be good models and responsible citizens, they are encouraging tardiness. The COMELEC has provided the youth, and everybody for that matter enough time to register as voters. Eversince, i have not seen any programs or announcements of the Kabataan Party-List Group, encouraging the youth to proceed to the COMELEC to register earlier before the deadline is over.  What is this group doing? Are they really a group that represent the youth? Just wondering.

    • generalproblem

      taon na ang binilang para mag [arehistro i dont think comelec need to extend. wag extend yan para matauhan ang mga kabataan na yan na batugan at mga kampon ng npa. kung kelan late na saka mag parehistro. walang naitutulong yang mga kabataan na yan kaya mali si rizal hindi sila ang pag asa ng bayan.

  • ern

    throw out this partylist group. Know what discipline is all about. Kahit pa walang batas, pag may nagset ng deadline, respect it. Bwisit sa lipunan ang ugali nyo.

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

     Comelec don’t extend the voters registration, teach them being responsible…

  • Garth Dax

    extending the regisration means additional expenses sa comelec, granting i-extend pupunta ba mga eligible voters o magantay until january 12 para magrehistro. dapat itong kabataan partylist ang mag-una sa papalaganap ng  disiplina sa mga kabataan. meeting the deadline di pa magawa, e ano na lng kaya!

  • joel genese

    Generally, Ang mga kabataan ay mga immature. Madali silang ma persuade ng mga politiko at mag fantasize ng hero politician. Dapat itaas ang age eligibility ng botante. Gawing kahit at least 30 years old.

    • pubringjuandelacruz

      Right to Suffrage is not a privilege given only to the few. kung immature ang kabataan, tyo ang mga kapwa pilipino ay dapat magtulungan pra ipaintindi sa kanila ang epekto ng kanilang buto. wag nating ipagdamot ang kalayaang bumuto sa ibang tao.

  • vir_a

    They had plenty of time to do it. There is no reason to extend. Change now the Filipino manana habit for this is the reason why there are bottleneck when the deadline for registration is near. I think Kabataan Partylist is a not a marginalized group or sector. This is only used by those who are behind it. Hence, it should also be disallowed to participate in the next election.

  • RyanE

    Hmm.. I think Mr. Ridon has a point. Comelec has to follow the letters of the law. Besides, the registration will be done right in its offices, so let’s make Comelec people also work a bit and not just waste their time on Facebook nor Twitter.. hehehe

    • mantajao

      right, a useless point in fact…beside the whole summertime was large enough the young can register….they missed the big opportunity the law gave them so they should suffer the loss…

  • Jols – batman Robin

    nagiging tamad n kc ung mga kabataan ngayon binigyan naman ng panahon ung  registration….. at sinusuportahan pa talaga ng  youth party list na mas magiging tamad ung kabataan….  

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  • Pyrite C

    Dalawang Taon ang sinayang nyo na hindi nagparehistro.

    Imbes na Kabataan ang maging pasimuno sa mabuting ugali, sila pa pasimuno sa ugaling Juan Tamad.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    AMP!!! dahil sa pangungunsinte nagiging wlang modo at disiplina ang karamihan sa atin. di na b tlaga mababago yang ugali na “LAST MINUTE”??? AMP!!!

    Anong siglo na?!?!?! Usad pagong pa rin sa paglago dahil sa mga bulok na pag-uugali.

    Isang buong taong bukas ang opisina ng comelec tapos manghihingi pa ng extension, AMP!!!

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    AMP!!! dahil sa pangungunsinte nagiging wlang modo at disiplina ang karamihan sa atin. di na b tlaga mababago yang ugali na “LAST MINUTE”??? AMP!!!

    Anong siglo na?!?!?! Usad pagong pa rin sa paglago dahil sa mga bulok na pag-uugali.

    Isang buong taong bukas ang opisina ng comelec tapos manghihingi pa ng extension, AMP!!!

  • mantajao

    I wonder why this youth partylist (if it really represents the youth sector or the youth in the red struggle) teach the young people to practice the maniana habit? This is teaching them to be lazy and wait for the deadline…

    The gall…

  • $5699914

    A bunch of retards trying to seek justification to their stupidity.

  • Jack

    hindi na ma-extend yan voters registration dahil mga youth ngayon ay kontra na sa pamamalakad ni pnoy at ang karamihan ay iboboto ang mga kandidato ng UNA

  • KenjiHimura

    Media mileage again, hay naku! Kabataan Party-list should have conducted information dissemination to the youth sector a year ago to register. I think you have a representative in Congress in the name of Raymond Palatino. As general counsel for the Kabataan Party-list, Atty. Ridon should have reminded Mr. Palatino to set aside funds from his PDAF/CDF to inform the youth to register early. You were the petitioners in the 2009 case and the Supreme Court decided in your favor. Have you done anything since then to avoid the repetition of that incident? You’re sending the wrong signal to the youths. Don’t be a burden to the COMELEC this time.  

  • opinyonlangpo

    Somebody should teach these kids the use of a deadline. If it is always extended then what is the use of setting a deadline? If they can not follow such a simple rule then how can one expect them to follow the law? It is not good if the supreme court always give in to the petition of extension.

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