Educating and Transforming the Electorate
The key to excellence in governance lies in the governed - especially those unrelenting in their passion for excellence.
Poll officials all geared up for their roles in the 2013 elections. Politicians are in the midst of frenzied preparations for the official campaign period (for national posts) that starts exactly a week from now. Equally needed are efforts to prepare the other vital player in this political exercise - the electorate. Is the electorate being adequately prepared to efficiently fulfill its role of installing God-fearing, pro-people and highly capable men and women into leadership positions?
As in any organization, government leadership is indisputably a most critical factor in the life of the nation, and the quality of our elected leaders determines whether it progresses or retrogresses. If quality of leadership is beyond reproach, it inspires cooperation and support of all sectors of society in the quest for excellence.
Our Constitution provides that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them. Thus, people virtually own government. The last elections in 2010 have undeniably rekindled a strong passion among people to organize the government they own.
With such passion emerged awareness for organized efforts to protect interests of the electorate. Various groups like the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Transparency and Accountability Network (that now leads an "anti-Epal" crusade), Movement for Good Governance, to name a few, are all advocating competent, selfless leaders who genuinely have the country's interests at heart.
While the essence of democracy entails a government run by the whole population through elected representatives and leaders, constituents often feel those who govern are unresponsive to their needs. Some feel absolutely shut out from the policy-making that affects their lives. Others feel oppressed by local rulers who, instead of working for the common good, focus on selfish interests to strengthen their hold on power. …