Coming Election Will Be a Defining Moment for Nation

Manila Bulletin, May 11, 2007 | Go to article overview

Coming Election Will Be a Defining Moment for Nation


Byline: MANUEL (Lolong) M. LAZARO President, Philippine Constitution Association

AN election to reflect true democratic tenets must be clean, credible, and honest. This is the quintessence of democracy. The unbridled freedom to choose the crA[umlaut]me de la crA[umlaut]me in the election without tangible and/or intangible considerations is the key. The leaders elected must be the unfettered and untainted choice of the majority. Those whose election is marred by lack of the hallmarks of a true election, or short of the yardstick required and expected in a democracy, are spurious. At best, they are interlopers, fakes, or parasites.

The coming elections will be a defining moment for the nation.

Clean, credible, and honest elections are the soul, the animating spirit of the democratic electoral process. The will and capacity to conduct such election is a national property of the highest value. It constitutes the very kernel of all that democracy signifies.

Lamentably, current surveys demonstrate that a substantial number fear and expect disorderly and dishonest elections. This ugly perception emanates from the insight that the last election was remarkable for being unremarkable. Unless singular measures are adopted to purge our election of the virus of foul practices, the country is doomed to suffer under a flawed and mediocre leadership.

With the elections just a few days away, the nagging fear of many, not to mention the sober concerns of other nations, is whether the people and nation are capable of conducting clean, credible, and honest elections. The fear stems from the lessons of the past.

The last election was a nasty episode. It left a carcass of doubts and uncertainties on the political will and capacity to conduct clean, credible, and honest elections. This is the tragedy that envelops the atmosphere. The major players and the machinery employed in the much-maligned and condemned election are substantially intact and active. The malpractices and shortcomings exposed have not been addressed. They remain unresolved. No credible and acceptable measures have been formulated.

The implementation of the party-list system, RA 7941, to give life to the constitutional advocacy of a party-list representative is not only dubious but confusing. There are so many party-lists, fighting to have their nominees become "cooked" representatives. The rationale of the partylist representative under the Constitution, in the words of a former chairman of the Comelec, is being "bastardized."

The reported 45 million registered voters out of the 86-million population is incredible. The badges of falsity or fantasy are cleverly masked. The number is statistically improbable. It defies belief or acceptance that for every two Filipinos, one is a voter. The report that the Comelec caused to be printed more than 5 million ballots in excess of the registered voters, evidently on the false assumption or expectation that 100 percent registered voters will vote, is highly suspicious.

We are unaware of any election when more than 85 percent of the registered voters voted. What then and for what purpose are the excess ballots for?

It is also reported that the electoral authorities have caused the printing of some documents needed in the election to a private printing company. This is equally disturbing. The printing of ballots, election returns, and Certificates of Canvass (COC), among others, is mandated by law to be done by the National Printing Office (NPO). …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Coming Election Will Be a Defining Moment for Nation
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.