Tuesday August 21, 2018

Editorial: Please upgrade

AFTER the generally “successful” 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections last Monday, May 14, it is but proper to congratulate the men and women behind the staging of the democratic exercise.

But it is also fitting to assess what can be done to make the polls better and more efficient because apparently perennial issues such as vote buying, flying voters, harassments, and other fraudulent schemes are still hounding the electoral process.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio raised a worthy point when she issued a statement last Tuesday underscoring the need of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to push for modernization and reforms.

To quote the mayor, "During the conduct of the elections, we have again seen the perennial issues curdling our electoral process — vote buying, flying voters, harassments, and other fraudulent schemes meant to subvert the will of the people."

She underscored that these problems persist due to “antiquated” system used in the registration of voters and in casting of votes.

Another proof of slow electoral process is the fact that days after the elections, the Comelec still can’t measure the poll’s turnout and unable to release a consolidated and validated results.

We must capitalize what this age's technology has to offer and not cling on to the obsolete system of the past.

The idea is to cast votes using the fingerprint voting system or even a more high-tech process.

With technology upgrading and evolving fast, the possibility of things has no limits. Come 2019, in the midterm elections, let us take advantage of technology and come up with a more effective, efficient and cleaner elections, something that all Filipinos deserve.