EDITORIAL| Voter’s education

THE INSTITUTE for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER), a private institution drafted a Voter’s Education manual “to contribute to the efforts at effecting matured and informed political attitudes and decisions of Filipino citizen voters. It covers the broader aspects of the political and electoral system, human rights and governance.”

Who is a qualified voter? All citizens of the Philippines, eighteen years of age or over, and a resident of the Philippines for one year and in the city or municipality wherein he proposes to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election are qualified to vote.

The following shall be disqualified from voting:

a. Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one year. However, he/ she may reacquire the right to vote upon expiration of five years after service of sentence.

b. Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly constituted government such as rebellion, sedition, violation of the anti-subversion and firearms laws, or any crime against national security, unless restored to his full civil and political rights in accordance with law: Provided, That he shall regain his right to vote automatically upon expiration of five years after service of sentence.

c. Insane or incompetent persons as declared by competent authority.

In addition, RA 9189 or the Overseas Absentee Voting Law entitles all Filipino citizens overseas, not otherwise disqualified by law, and immigrants and permanent residents with affidavit of intent to resume residence in the Philippines, to vote for elective positions in the national level: President; Vice-President; Senators; and Party-List Representatives. (Excerpt from IPER’s Your Vote: Our Future 2003)

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