Election and democracy
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The circus is in town.
That is the feeling most people get when the campaign season starts, and this time, the fun will peak on May 13, when the elections are finally held all over the country. Thankfully for all of us, and even for those who are seeking office as candidates for the thousands of positions available, this time there will only be about 40 days of these exciting, as well as fearful days to go through before they end with the counting of votes and proclamation of the winners.
Of course, that is speaking too soon, because, for many, there will still be postscripts, as those who lose may not accept the results and opt to protest, giving the winners more problems until the final results come out, often, not from the election agency, the Commission on Election, but even from the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, let us bear with all the sound and fury of the coming campaign days, when our ears will be bombarded with all the speeches, and the sound effects from the musical ditties promoting the bid of candidates accompanied by musical instruments that will be adding to the sounds of traffic and other noises in our streets.
Let us take them all as part of the democratic process of choosing our leaders, a process that other countries also go through, particularly those who wish to assure themselves that they are participating in the selection of those who will hold the reins of governance for the determined terms we grant them with our votes.
Also, let us help the Comelec in appealing to the candidates to keep the rules, both in the posting of their campaign materials, and in the manner they promote themselves.
We have been blessed with a democratic system that we worked very hard to regain when it was threatened with a dictatorship more than thirty years ago. Let us make sure to preserve this gain, by ensuring that we go into an election this time that will be free, honest, and devoid of the ugly features we used to know.*