Comelec: Youth vote key to 2016 victory


MANILA - Candidates may have to double their efforts in wooing the Filipino youth to win in the 2016 elections, based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) view of the upcoming polls.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista on Monday said youth voters will likely determine the outcome of the next elections, citing President Benigno Aquino III's victory in 2010.

"The youth vote is very significant. Those age from 18 to 35 comprise about 37 percent of the entire electorate," Bautista said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

"Put it in context. In 2010, President Aquino won with 15.8 million votes. So technically if 75 percent of the youth vote choose a particular candidate, that candidate will probably win," he added.

Bautista said the Comelec is looking at around 54 to 55 million voters to participate in the 2016 polls, roughly 20 million of which are youth voters.

The Comelec chair also mentioned the suspension of voter registration with the ongoing filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs), adding that the process will resume on October 17 until the end of the month.

Bautista said Comelec offices and satellite registration offices will be open for 12 hours daily upon resumption of registration and no extension beyond the deadline will be given.