MANILA, Philippines – Who among the 2019 senatorial candidates are leading in campus mock elections?
As in previous elections, the Filipino youth remains a potent force. According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), they account for a little over one-third of registered voters for next month's polls. (READ: IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections)
This is not a secret to many candidates – many of whom are going the extra mile to campaign in universities, make their slogans and strategies appeal to the youth, and anchor their platforms on issues that matter to young Filipinos.
Who, so far, have made a positive impression to warrant a student's vote?
MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm, is crowdsourcing and collating results from mock polls held in different universities around the country.
Below are the results from different campus mock polls, to be updated as they come:
University of the Philippines - Baguio
The UP Baguio student council, UPB Outcrop, the Council of Leaders, and the UPB Committee on Elections 2019, conducted mock senatorial polls on April 9. At least 746 students and staff participated.
University of the Philippines - Manila
On April 4, the UP Manila student council, together with UP Political Science Society organized mock elections across 6 of the 7 colleges in the university.
A total of 2,345 votes were counted.
University of Santo Tomas - AMV College of Accountancy
At least 400 students participated in the senatorial mock elections organized by the UST Accountancy Student Council, the Accountancy Journal, and AMV Commission on Elections.
University of San Carlos - School of Law and Governance
In Cebu City, the LEX Circle conducted senatorial mock elections at the University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance. Of the 748 total registered voters, 617 or 82.49% cast their votes.
University of the Philippines Visayas - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
On April 11, the University of the Philippines Visayas - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences student electoral board conducted a student mock election along with its campus elections.
The Mapúa University-Central Student Council held a senatorial mock election on April 12. Fifty students participated in the event.
In Cabanatuan City, Grade 12 Humanities and Social Sciences Block 1 of Wesleyan University-Philippines held a senatorial mock election on April 8. Around 250 senior high school students took part in the event.
University of the Philippines Diliman
Bantay Boto 2019: Senatorial Elections Watch, in partnership with iSurvey, held mock senatorial elections among 1,000 students of UP Diliman last April 22-26.
Saint Louis University, Baguio City
The Saint Louis University Supreme Student Council conducted mock senatorial polls on April 26. At least 1,007 students and staff participated.
University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City
The Louisian Courier, the official student publication of the University of Saint Louis in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, together with the Supreme Student Council, organized mock elections among 1,239 students on May 7.
What are the results in your campus mock polls? Help us crowdsource results of campus mock polls by sharing them with MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, using the hashtag #TheLeaderIWant.