Automated Election : Accepting Defeat with Grace!
The first ever automated election was successfully concluded last May 10 in the Philippines. The prayer of the more than 35 million registered voters was answered. But turn of events challenge the people’s trust in the automated election. An outcry of massive fraud is echoing in the four corners of the country.
Cheating is supposedly be eradicated in an automated election. But in a country where losing candidates usually claimed to have been cheated, you just have to contend yourself seeing them air their gripes on air and on paper.
Considered a boost in Philippine electoral reform, the automated election was claimed, especially by the losing candidates, to be rigged with the same issue of massive fraud. Smartmatic, the company who engineered the automated election received the hardest blow of protest. The Company obviously denied the allegations and advised the complainants to formally file their protest in the proper forum.
Indeed, electoral reforms in the Philippines still need to undergo series of actions directed toward a common goal: Accepting defeat with grace.
This question still haunts the country, “Is fraud present in an automated election?” if yes, “Are you willing to go back to manual counting?” You decide!