COMELEC’s newest way to encourage more people to register to vote may be their most creative to date.
While you may have a lot of things on your plate, we would just like to remind you that the 2022 elections are less than a year away. More importantly, registering to vote for the 2022 elections is, as of this writing, end in less than 85 days. (September 30, 2021 is the last day you can register to vote.) If you’re already registered to vote, good for you. If you aren’t, there is still time and COMELEC’s new initiative might be their most ingenious way to encourage voter registration so far.
HISTORY LESSON MEETS CIVIC DUTY
Just recently, COMELEC launched a new, more visually friendly way to encourage more people to vote with the launch of magparehistroka.com. The poster announcing the website is styled like a movie poster and sees national heroes Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini, Melchora Aquino, and Aurora Quezon come together to teach you how to register to vote. With the tagline, “Tuturuan namin kayo magparehistro, kakahiya naman sa inyo,” this new initiative from COMELEC aims to use national heroes to teach and inform people about their civic duty.
The website itself is easy to use and is both compatible with desktop and mobile. When you click on the website, you’re greeted with a loading screen of Apolinario Mabini racing to his nearest COMELEC office as the loading bar reaches 100%.
A freshly shot Jose Rizal greets you and he tells the user that he has something to say. The next scene sees him in purgatory where he tells the user that he didn’t die just for you to not be a registered voter. He then informs you of the three steps it takes to get ready to register to vote.
THREE EASY STEPS TO REGISTER
He then calls on Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini to teach step 1. Step 1 has you type down your address on an interactive map to help you find your nearest Office of the Election Officer (OEO), which is the office where you register to vote.
It then transitions to step 2 where Melchora Aquino and Aurora Quezon give you a comprehensive list of requirements you need when you go to the OEO as well as inform you of safety reminders.
The final step has all the heroes back in purgatory and half-jokingly tell you that if you don’t register to vote, they’ll haunt you. The website then gives you links for irehistro.com and other necessary forms you need to accomplish. And just like that, you’re all set and ready to go.
If you missed a step or want something repeated, you can also restart the whole thing or go back to a certain part. The website’s cartoon-inspired design is visually pleasing to look at. Also, the whole thing plays out like an interactive video game with funny dialogue that gives you useful and easy-to-swallow information. Check out the website here.