Friday, May 14, 2010

Election Apprehensions: History

For those who went out and cast their votes, we are all now part of our country’s important point in history – the first automated election in its electoral history.

One should be glad by all these at least. For one, beyond priding ourselves as history makers, the results – although still partial and unofficial – were handed out incredibly quick, spreading that general atmosphere of integrity with regards to the counting and canvassing of the votes. Unless there are really shrewd groups of people who rigged parts of the automated election to their favor, I don’t see why we should rant about the flaws we see as the counting goes, through the media.

* line to a poll precinct

Again, I find it amusing to see myself being optimistic. For me this is the least that we could do. We cannot complain in perpetuity against leaders manning the positions because of fraud. We cannot forever spearhead protests in the streets, hold strikes, among other, against those who are in the position. I may be just a small speck of dust in this wide expanse of political scenario in the country, but I can bravely put forward that unless we – the citizens – participate and cooperate with the way the (incoming) government shall run the country’s affairs, then we are doomed to the cyclical and boring process of election, protests, impeachment, revolution, again and again and again.

* voting reminders from COMELEC

At the very least we could hope to find in the incoming leaders the manifestations of their promises and platforms. There will always be the proper forums in which we could voice out our objections to their actions or policies. I am holding on to some of the radical ideas I have encountered in recent years, but with the way the country and its people move seemingly prematurely in their affairs, we cannot afford to set the stage – this country – for a bloodshed that usually comes out of the discontentment of the people.

We have just set ourselves and our country into a pedestal of its history. Why not continue it as we witness and anticipate the setting up of the new administration?

At the backstage, there is still electron-related violence reported. I do not know if it’s lower or higher than the ones reported during the last national elections. But the point is we cannot have overnight a clean-cut scenario. We might want to be contented with the fact that the reality cannot be as perfect as we conceive it to be.

In the end, the Maguindanao Massacre should be a constant reminder to each and every one of us, that as we have the power to vote for our leaders, catapult them to the leadership positions, we have all the equal power to set down the verdict to them, as tested against their actions. We should just be reminded of the proper processes in which we could do it, however.

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