...is to hold competitive elections and create the environment for it.
All data from the Comelec except for gender, which were
determined based on the name.
On voting day on May 9, voters in the NCR will choose one mayor and one vice-mayor, between six and eight councilors, and one member of congress or parliament.
|Twenty-seven parties are competing in the NCR.|
However, my take on competitiveness revolve around the data from the table below. Obviously, questions begged to be asked.
1. Why are voters not presented with at least one other candidate to choose from? Why did not parties compete? Did the voters agree that no other candidate could represent them?
2. What led candidates and voters to "capture" or game the system?
3. What local political and electoral conditions could explain this situation?
4. If at all, how might the cost of becoming a candidate or the cost of getting elected contribute in the explanation?
5. What might prevent this situation from happening?
I will bring up more points in the upcoming posts, but for now a few future possible remedies:
1. National parties should explain in writing to the voters, through the Comelec, why they could not field candidates in places where candidates are unopposed. They should cite in detail the constraints they faced?
2. In an unopposed situation, the candidate should at least get 50 percent of the valid votes in order to be elected. If not, a re-election.
What's your take?