Editorial: After the elections-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE barangay elections involve smaller jurisdictions, so majority of the winners in yesterday’s political exercise must have already been proclaimed last night. Congratulations to the winners. And the losers?
It’s interesting to find out how many of them will follow tradition, meaning, claim that they have been cheated. This is not a rap on those who may have honestly felt that they were cheated but on those who use the word cheating as refuge for their own failings.
The elections yesterday were not computerized. And in manual elections, one can find many scapegoats. The leading contender would be the teachers who administer the voting at the precinct level. They always end up being accused by the losers of favoring the winners in the count.
Cheating during the campaign and on election day is difficult to claim because it will make the complainer sound hypocritical. But some losers still use them to complain.
Overspending can be an issue, but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been known to go only after the most glaring over-spender. And most candidates tend to over-spend anyway if they have the money.
Vote-buying? It has become a common practice nowadays, with candidates differing only in the amount they put up per ballot. So the loser may find it difficult to use the vote-buying claim, although some losers may still have the guts to complain about it.
As for the winners, now is the time to start finding out who their backers were at the municipal, city or province levels. The barangay election is supposed to be non-partisan, but it seems like only Comelec officials feign belief in such a line.
In Cebu City, for example, how many of the winners for barangay captains were backed by the group of Mayor Michael Rama and how many were backed by the group of former mayor Tomas Osmeña? Is there a shift in the balance of forces at the barangay level?
Before yesterday’s elections, majority of the barangay captains in the city were identified with the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). Is Team Rama now in control or, at the very least, has increased the number of its allied barangay captains?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.