MUCH like their counterparts in the National Basketball Association, players of the Philippine Basketball Association are being called to help encourage people to register for the May 2022 national polls.
National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) Secretary General Eric Alvia said professional basketball players wield a big influence on people, adding: “Their endorsement is a positive action to increase involvement.”
Alvia stressed the message shouldn’t end with just urging the public to register, saying this must be partnered with the necessary voter education and advocacy on the importance of becoming registered voters.
“The real reasons for involvement and engagement should be further pursued – right to suffrage, orderly succession and transition of posts, accountability, etc.,” Alvia said.
In the ongoing NBA season, players and teams have been deeply involved in issuing messages dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in the US elections set on November 3 (November 4 in the Philippines).
The PBA is set to resume its season at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga on October 11 after games were interrupted by the coronavirus disease pandemic.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had reported that the number of applicants for voter registration has been low since registration resumed last September 1.