Sunday, May 20, 2007
This day in history from:

Curing Vote-Buying

More than ever, vote buying was the strategy of choice this past elections. This is understandable because the offices at stake (or for sale, as appropriate) were local positions. Vote buying is difficult, expensive and inefficient on a national scale.

Besides, the candidates were seeking the votes of their community. Presumably, they are more in touch with constituents than the senatorial candidates.

But more prevalent this elections was "negative vote-buying." And this one is particularly insidious. A voter would be severely tempted not to vote because he will not have to go through the hassle of commuting to and from the polling place, and waiting in line, and yet he still gets paid. The low voter turn-out this elections readily shows this was used by the cheaters this time around.

I have been racking my brains how to cure vote-buying. These are the things that come to mind:

1. Strictly enforce the voter's purge. I understand that the rule is a person who does not vote in two consecutive elections will be stricken off the list and has to re-register. With the prevalence of negative vote-buying this elections, I'm tempted to reduce this requirement to one: miss one election, you get purged. That way, a voter would not be as tempted to sell his right to vote (as he will not have anything to sell come next elections).

2. Voter education. The perils of voter irresponsibility should be adequately explained to the public. This should be the thrust of the COMELEC's work during off-season.

3. Voter vigilance. Watchdog organizations should likewise exercise vigilance in the days before actual elections, not just election day onwards. Vote-buying usually occurs during the night before elections.

But then again, we really cannot stop people from selling out because of poverty. But it should be an informed and voluntary choice. People should be taught of the consequences and the evils of selling one's vote, or else, they will learn it the hard way (like what it happening now...).

0 Objection(s):

Post a Comment

<< Home

Disaster relief, sustainable development & community service

Featured PinoyBlog of the Week

Side Prayers

Lord Jesus,
Teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve You as You deserve
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
That I do Your Holy Will. Amen

May every word I speak be from Your Truth...
I ask come from Your Wisdom...
May every case I handle receive Your Guidance...
May every heart, every life I touch, feel Your Love.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your Hand be with me,
that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain."

So God granted him what he requested.

Side Oath

The Lawyer's Oath
I do solemnly swear that
I will maintain allegiance to
the Republic of the Philippines,
I will support its Constitution
and obey the laws as well as
the legal orders of the
duly constituted authorities therein;
I will do no falsehood,
nor consent to the doing of any in court;
I will not wittingly or willingly
promote or sue any groundless,
false or unlawful suit,
nor give aid nor consent to the same;
I will delay no man for money or malice,
and will conduct myself as a lawyer
according to the best of my knowledge
and discretion with all good fidelity
as well to the courts as to my clients;
and I impose upon myself this voluntary obligation
without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion.
So help me God.

Side Chatter

Add me to Skype

Noel Punzi Eustaquio Punzalan's Facebook profile


Blog Lectures

Side Blog Roll

Blogroll Me!

Shameless Sideplugs

Powered by Blogger

A Pinoy Blogger

Get Firefox!

Bored Single Bloggers Club

My blog is worth $35,566.02.
How much is your blog worth?

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" width="145" height="100" border="0" alt=""></a>


Image hosted by

Technorati search

eXTReMe Tracker

Enter your Email

Powered by FeedBlitz

Get Firefox!

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

in/out sider(s) online

Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Who Links Here