PARTY-LIST Alliance of Mindanao Elders (AME) is requesting the poll body to install fast lanes for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and pregnant women who will be casting their votes on May.
City Councilor Alfonso Goking, AME first nominee and chair of the City Council’s committee on senior citizen, said senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women might not be able to withstand the heat during the election day.
“If senior citizens are given 20 percent discount for their medicines and food, then I guess they will also be given the chance to have easy access to the voting precincts. Some seniors cannot withstand the heat and the patience in waiting. Some are weak and needs more care,” Goking said.
During Monday’s council session, Goking urged the City Council to pass a resolution supporting him of his request to the Commission on Elections, which majority of the councilors present unanimously agreed.
AME is a party-list that would push for the welfare of senior citizens in the country. It is one of the more than 250 party-list organizations aspiring for a congressional seat in the May 10 elections.
The Philippine party-list system aims to increase the representation, particularly of “marginalized and underrepresented” sectors, and enhance transparency and accountability, leading to more efficient government. (Nicole J. Managbanag)