PPCRV to launch nationwide voter education campaign in November

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) - A poll watchdog affiliated with the Catholic Church is set to mount a nationwide voter education campaign next month in an effort to help improve the public's electoral behavior in 2022.

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will kick off the campaign on Nov. 6 in Luzon, excluding the National Capital Region, the group's secretary and trustee Arwin Serrano told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon on Tuesday.

The initiative will be formally launched in Metro Manila and the Visayas on Nov. 13 while Mindanao and other stakeholders will be covered beginning Nov. 20, he added.

According to Serrano, the goal is to help refine Filipino voters' critical thinking by emphasizing the qualities which they deem government officials should possess.

"Napakahalaga po ng ating magiging halalan sa May 9, 2022 election," he said. "Kailangan talagang pagbusisiin natin nang husto, alamin natin 'yung kanilang mga plataporma, patuloy tayong makinig sa mga webinars na ino-organzie ng iba't ibang mga grupo or even our media networks."

[Translation: The May 9, 2022 elections will be very crucial. We really need to evaluate our candidates, research on their platforms, and continue to participate in webinars being organized by various groups or even media networks.]

Besides holding education campaigns, the PPCRV assists the Commission on Elections in other activities, such as poll watching.

Earlier, the organization also proposed adjustments to election day rules, including extending voting hours by three to four hours to decongest precincts and minimize possible coronavirus transmissions.