Elections have played an integral role in the development of one’s country. Essentially, an election is a procedure by which members of communities and/or organizations choose persons to hold an office. It is a technique of rendering authority and/or creating representative bodies. Elections are often linked to the idea of democratic representation. Therefore, an election is a device for filling an office or posts through choices made by a designated body of people.
The conduct of elections in the Philippines for the past four decades has remained largely unchanged. Philippine elections rely heavily on manual tallying and canvassing of votes thus making them vulnerable to control and manipulation by traditional politicians and those with vested interests. The cost of winning an elective post is highly expensive and the absence of mechanisms to check and limit sources of campaign funds become fertile grounds for corruption and divisiveness. Our recent elections have prompted calls for a reform of the voting system.
Many ideas have been put forward and one of the recommendations on the cards is an e-voting system, which will reduce the chaos that often ensues on Election Day. Automated election should be a permanent election system here in the Philippines even though its new and facing different critiques ,by using it can give us accurate result and hope for a better leadership. The most common reason for abandoning manual elections in favor of automated ones is: First, to eliminate the clerical errors that have been part and parcel of manual election counts.
The frequent occurrence of such clerical errors, which election officials may ignore if the correction will not materially change the outcome, can hide more substantial alterations purposely intended to change the outcome of an election. Second, to raise the COMELEC’s capacity in the level of political discourse and educate citizens regarding their right to vote will be enhanced. This will be done through conduct of continuing citizen and voter education through partnership with civil society groups and other government institutions.
The electorate must be empowered with information that would help them vote intelligently. The challenge is to develop the people’s appreciation of their vote as a means to reform the government and receive better services from it. Part of this challenge is the need to raise the awareness of the electorate on relevant issues and the corresponding platforms of the candidates, if the country is to shift from the politics of personality to the politics of party programs. References: