Comelec to Voters: Don’t clamor for change if you skip polls

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson, Director James Jimenez has urged people who are not interested in casting their votes on May 9 to reconsider their plans.

“You’re not voting because you think politicians are all alike. Think about this: If you don’t vote to change things, then things won’t change, Jimenez said in a post on his Twitter account, @jabjimenez.

Jimenez’s remarks were in response to some comments that no matter who they support or vote for in the elections, they feel things will not change. He said people should not complain if they will not try to do anything to solve this issue.

“Then there is no point in complaining, is there? If you don’t punch thru the frustration and do something to try to solve the problem, then you’re part of the problem. Just whiny,” he pointed out.

Filipinos will vote for the country’s new leaders including the president, and vice-president in the May 9 polls. There are 10 candidates for president. and 9 aspirants vice president, based on the tentative Comelec list posted on its website of late.

Voters will also elect 12 senators, 253 district representatives,  63 party-list representatives, 81 governors and as many vice governors, 782 provincial board members; 146 city mayors and as many city vice mayors and 1,650 city councilors; 1,488 municipal mayors and as many municipal vice mayors, and 11,908 municipal councilors.

In addition there are available positions for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) who will also be elected, including 40 party representatives, 32 parliamentary district representatives, and eight reserved and sectoral representatives.