In less than 30 days we will go out and vote. Will you vote?
Most of the people I know say yes but many others say maybe and some no. All of them have reasons.
Many of us are sick and tired of the vicious cycle of Philippine politics. We elect new officials because we want change. We want election because we want change; and the people we have just elected are not satisfactory. This will be repeated and seems never ends.
The Philippine elections have always been intense political exercise, journalist Sheila Coronel observes.
As the call for change was highly audible before the start of election 2010 period, many Filipinos expect some changes on the way we conduct our elections. I personally expect that we shall actively discuss on platforms rather than personal issues; that we will tackle more on real social issues rather than the usual mudslinging and personality assassination.
I am dismayed because the 2010 election is still the same as the 2004, and 2007 elections. These are the elections that I have closely observed. Just the same. In fact, this election is worse as more trash are thrown, more dirty tricks than before.
If this is the case, should we stop electing officials? Should we lose our faith to election?
We should not because in our democratic society, it is during election that we are given equal rights. Whether you are rich or poor, schooled or unschooled; you have only one vote.
A very good friend, Novell Tagailo has a striking line. He said:
We are the reason, why there is an election, they, the candidates are not the star. We are the principal characters here. Let’s take this privilege, use this right and exercise our duty.
He is right. The principal characters during elections are the voters. And the power are within the voters.
As voters, let us use this power to start the change that we are dreaming for.