Juris Fernandez, vocalist of acoustic duo MYMP, is now a voter of Bagumbayan in Quezon City. Yesterday, October 27, she completed her registration for transfer of voting precinct at the Commission on Elections office in City Hall.
In an interview, Juris told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she had been a regular voter of Project 6, but a change of residence to Bagumbayan made her decide to move to a new voting precinct. She said she wanted to vote in Bagumbayan because she wants to be part of the decision on who would govern her area.
"Since nandun na 'ko, yung mga representatives dun, kasama akong pipili," she said. "Siyempre, parte ako ng Bagumbayan ngayon. Kung anuman ang mangyayari dun, hindi naman ako puwedeng magreklamo dahil hindi naman ako yung pumili sa kanya."
Voter's registration started since Dec. 2, 2008, but Juris said she only applied for transfer now because a friend told her she could.
"Hindi ko kasi naisip yung magta-transfer, before. Then my friend, she mentioned na, 'Puwede ka mag-transfer. Matagal na rin naman tayo dito,'" Juris said.
Outside the registration offices, long lines of registrants endure the sun's heat and the tiresome wait to finally have a voice in the 2010 elections, before the deadline this October 31 midnight. It's a dignified effort, Juris said.
"Lalo na sa kabataan, kasi for the next six years [presidential term] na medyo mahaba-haba rin 'yon. Eto yung bagong administrayon na magha-handle ng future nila," she said.
Juris is part of Rock the Vote, a group that encourages the youth to register and be active in the elections next year. She advised young voters to listen to their elders in choosing candidates.
"It's best also that they listen sa matatanda. Kumbaga, manghingi sila ng iba't ibang opinion regarding sa mga tumatakbo ngayon. Kumbaga, they don't know much about these politicians... alamin nila ang plataporma," Juris ended.