Friday, May 7, 2010

Election Apprehensions: Musing on the 2010 Elections

*a view of the spectators in a campaign rally

It would be too hypocritical on my part if I would disregard, yet again, that desire to talk something about the upcoming election, however small or insignificant this may be

It’s true that I have, as early as last year, already made a choice of some of the names that I shall be electing. A skim of the back pages of Viole(n)t Mugs would prove it. But then again, I thought that it would do no harm to immerse myself with the activities of the campaigns just to know more about those who are vying for the most coveted positions in the country, both national and local.

Attendance to three major campaign rallies of three big parties in the country certainly brought to me some similarities, for lack of a better term to describe them: 1) the usual banters about their rivals, 2) the storms of promises and lists of accomplishments, and 3) the same old pa-pogi tactics onstage. I witnessed this one and really forced myself to walk out, out of boredom, no matter how much I wanted to stay and absorb the speech. There was this another which looked more of a cultural show than a campaign rally.

But all in all, nothing beats their decade-old trick of including the Almighty God in their testimonies and speeches. I don’t know, but to some extent it seems that campaign period beats the Christmas season in the remembrance of God. They certainly have their reasons for doing so, knowing that this country is predominantly Christian. And in trying to put up an image of a God-fearing servant with a God-guided platform, they certainly go after the moral and religious receptacles of the people. In such a scenario, religious blessings are fearfully important, as we have seen recently, where some religious denominations have already put on their bets to some of the national candidates. Good for them, but simply one hell of a propaganda and mind-conditioning for the people at large.

* forgive me for a little show-off; other than the desire to seat over the political speeches, I could not resist asking for this photograph when I saw these TV personalities, here Jorge Carino (a Kapamilya) and Jiggy Manicad (a Kapuso)

With the horrors of faulty flash cards gradually being eradicated, we now go down to the one of the most fundamental and effective battle attacks – propaganda. I have recently talked to a local candidate running for a crucial position in the city, and this candidate looked very harassed and tired with all their activities and campaign. This candidate simply could not believe on the heavy accusations and bad publicity being thrown at this candidate. Add to that the open knowledge that some of his rivals in other groups really, and I mean really, extent money to those potential voters. If our automated elections would prove to be effective in destroying the traditional forms of cheating in the elections, the crooks would certainly find their way to push things to their favor. That is to be expected: if this is what they are, then this is what they are.

Even if the outside is in turmoil, swept by the tides of promises and questionable surveys, it is all up to you, my dear chance reader-voter, to go out and cast your vote. This goes beyond having the experience of doing the first ever automated election in the country’s history. This may well be the point where could actually see the genuine turn out of the popular (not to be interpreted in terms of its ‘pop’ connotation) votes. You vote for your choices and you see that they are counted for real.

As to the new gradates, this may very well be a short reminder. For the election of our new officials would certainly redefine our future, perhaps a whole new set of economic polices that would affect the way our employments would move and grow.

Even if this would sound a little irritating to those who have heard it a million time, let us not forget that it is a vote for the future.

Not a vote for convenience or popularity.

But vote for the future.

We may still have our own apprehensions about the mechanisms of this automated election but we are here to vote. I may be compelled to believe to some extent that it is a sacred duty of every Filipino.

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