Educate Filipino Voters Before Elections

A multi-sector task force has launched a radio program in the island province of Sulu to help educate the electorates and other stakeholders on the ways and means of fostering peaceful, orderly, and credible conduct of the May 2010 national and local elections in the province.

Dr. Amildasa Annil, Ulangig Mindanao president, said the advocacy program kicked off Wednesday over state-run Radyo ng Bayan-Jolo, a day after various sectors formed Task Force Kahanungan (peace).

The task force was organized during a two-day orientation and organizational workshop sponsored by the Ulangig Mindanao in coordination with the Asia Foundation.

The Ulangig Mindanao, a non-government group campaigning against election-related violence, is assisted by the Bureau of Public Information (BPI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Annil said the members of the task force include representatives of the media, business, religious, and academic sectors and other stakeholders assisted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the military and police, whose local top brass staged a seminar-workshop on preventing election-related violence from January 16 to 17 in Jolo.

“Our campaign is a concerted effort against election violence. We are very glad that ARMM acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong, the provincial government under Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, and the Comelec, military and police hierarchies are rallying us,” Annil said.

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