Young voters hold key to May polls, says Grace Poe

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Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Tech-savvy young voters are likely to significantly influence the outcome of the May 13 elections, an administration senatorial candidate said Monday.

“Youth power has attained a critical mass in Philippine politics because this particular election is seeing the convergence of instant communications, high level of political awareness and eagerness to participate among the young people,” said Grace Poe, former chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

This means the volume of young people who will vote come May 13 “could be the single biggest factor that will determine the outcome of the mid-term elections,” she added.

Latest data showed that of the country’s 52 million voters, 43 percent or around 22 million are from the youth sector aged 18-35.

As it is, Poe said campaign strategists “have recognized the reshaping of the country’s demography and are trying to harness Facebook, Twitter and other social networks” where this specific group is very active.

“The under-35 generation is the muscle of our economy and the sinews of our society. They are in the forefront of every new development in technology, commerce and academe. They know what they want from their government and the people who share their ideals,” Poe said.

Observers note that most of the Senate bets in the Top 12 of most candidate preference surveys are under 50 years old, unlike in previous elections where more senior candidates dominated them.

Poe said this could be because young people who go online often “study a candidate … (and) look beyond the face they see on the monitor. With a few clicks of the mouse they can review his or her advocacies, voting records on controversial issues and history of political alliances.”

Another advantage of information technology is that would-be voters are able to access in real time the activities of candidates, whether official or personal, and factor these in their selection of candidates.

“A single incident of poll fraud could be documented with a cell phone camera, transmitted to millions of mobile gadgets within seconds and splattered on blogs, web pages and social media accounts in minutes. It would be the most awful way to get into history,” said Poe whose father, the late Fernando Poe Jr. was believed to have been cheated in his presidential bid in 2004.

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  • kilabot

    nope.
    the ignorant, immature, and illiterate hold the key;
    not even the fpj name can help you, grace.

    • Guest

      Baka naman gusto ni Sen. Alan Cayetano, lalaki ang katabi niya sa
      pagtulog at hindi babae. Duda ko lang. Hehehe!

  • XY ZEE

    Kung sarili mo ang ibinibenta mo, Diyos ko poe.

    • Guest

      Ang alam ko…kaya laging puyat si Sen. Alan C eh madalas siyang nagba-bar
      sa The Fort. Umaga na nga raw kung umuwi.

  • BatangSingapore

    mali kasi sinamahan mo grace. maling mali, takbo ka na lang sa susunod but be sure maging honest ka na at huwag ka na pagamit sa mga intsik.

    • Amador Amor

      Bakit? Gusto mo ba ang dapat salihan NI Grace ay ang UNA na puro mga corrupt at mga miyembro ng political dynasties? Nakakasuka na ang mga mukha nila Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Maceda, atbp. Mas matino si Grace kaysa sa mga UNA candidates.

      • kumilos_tayo

        TAMA… Ang UNA nangunguna sa mga currupt candidate.. HAHAHAHA

      • JOSEPH gARCIA

        TEAM MALAYSIA AT TEAM bROWNOUT ANG SINAMAHAN NYA

  • padrefaura

    Grace poe-ta

    • kumilos_tayo

      padrefaura damaso.. HAHAHA

  • kapayapaan_1900

    “The under-35 generation is the muscle of our economy and the sinews of our society…” says Poe.

    Tama ka diyan Grace! Ngunit ang nakakalungkot sa grupong ‘yan ay ang kakulangan ng kaalaman , kawalan ng interes, hungkag na pagsusuri’t panot na pananaw sa kasaysayan at kalagayan ng ating bansa. Namamayagpag pa rin ang mga salot ng bayan sa mahigit na apat na dekada makaraan ang “martial law” ni Marcos. Patuloy pa ring iniluluklok ang mga sukab at hindi karapat dapat. Paikot ikot lang sa ama, asawa, anak, kapatid, pamangkin, at kung minsa’y sa kabit pa. Ano tayo sa araw ng bukas?

    • skylord

      sa araw ng bukas tayo ay… mag-aaral, magtatrabaho, manonood ng tv, maglalaro (sports or pc games), mg FB, mg Tweet at kung anu anu pa.. masaya tayo bukas

  • Guest

    54 ang late ni Alan Cayetano sa Senado. Madalas kasing puyat sa kalalaro
    ng angry birds, temple run and yung latest candy rush.

  • disqusted0fu

    Wrong. The faulty and source code free PCOS machines hold the key to the May polls. And there is no one else to look at when it comes to that problem than the inaction of the Comelec on it.

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