Sixty-one student leaders from the colleges and universities in Dumaguete City assured to embark on voters' education activities in campuses, for the May 9 elections.
The student leaders gave their assurance yesterday during the voters' education and orientation, conducted by the Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete at the Marian Priests' Center in Dumaguete.
This is the first activity of the DEB as it gears up for the coming polls, placing emphasis on voters' education to guide the electorate in choosing the next set of leaders by voting with a conscience and not selling their votes, DEB convenor, Msgr. Julius Heruela, said.
The student leaders are encouraged to carry out the LASER test as promoted by church-based movements as a tool to determine the integrity of people who are to be elected into office, the priest added.
LASER stands for Lifestyle, Action, Supporters, Election Conduct, and Reputation of the political candidates and was first introduced by Fr. Carmelo Diola of the Dilaab Foundation as a tool for “listening” for both the candidates and the voters and to help them in their discernment.
The results of the LASER test reflecting the views of students on the political candidates will be published in the school papers if possible, Heruela said.
He added that beginning the second week of February until the first week of March, the student leaders are to conduct voters' education in their campuses alongside the DEB.
Once the school year ends in March, the student leaders are also asked to continue their voters' education in their barangays, towns or cities of origin, he added.
Discussed during the orientation for student leaders were the DEB's membership and role in the coming elections, the national and local situations in relation to the May 9 polls, and how they can contribute to a Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful elections.
Represented were Silliman University, Foundation University, St. Paul University-Dumaguete, STI College, ACSAT, AMA, the Metro Dumaguete College, and the Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria.
A similar voters' education orientation will be held for the Negros Oriental State University, as it has several campuses in Dumaguete City and other parts of the province, Heruela added.*JFP*
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