10 Things to remember on Election Day

MANILA, Philippines – Here are 10 things worth remembering as Election Day nears.

TEN: Keep in mind that voting is not tantamount to playing a BINGO game! You don’t need a blackout card. Doesn’t mean that because you have 12 slots for senators you’d fill it up for the sake of filling it up! If there are only 6 qualified candidates in your opinion, so be it!

NINE: Beware of surnames and pedigrees. Leadership is not a genetic trait but corruption and mediocrity among leaders can be prevented.

EIGHT: Beware of candidates whose only platform is to remove a political dynasty. They are not genuine alternatives and chances are, they could just bitter.

SEVEN: Beware of candidates who promise to eradicate poverty. Chances are they don’t know what they are talking about. Everyone can shout ‘world peace!’

SIX: The Senate is a legislating body. A substantial debate is necessary to craft policies. If your candidate doesn’t want to engage in debates, chances are s/he is not intellectually prepared.

FIVE: For mayoral candidates, if you are left with a choice between a convicted plunderer and an incumbent who did nothing but leave the city to rot, you’re probably better off switching addresses and living there for the next 3 years.

FOUR: Keep in mind that elections are not horse races. You don’t need to place your bet on the front-runner. You gain nothing by voting the candidate most likely to win.

THREE: Before you cast your vote, take out the last 12 months of your payslip and look at the section where it says tax. Total the numbers and multiply by 3. Look at the name on the ballot and decide if the person you’re voting for is worth trusting with every centavo of your earnings.

TWO: Gone are the days when your only obligation is to vote, using your conscience and best judgment. Because a majority of the population today is gullible, part of your responsibility is to educate and persuade.

ONE: Election Day is the only day when everyone is truly equal. One vote per person, regardless of social status or intellectual capacity. Don’t let religion, campaign jingle, or misleading political ad fool you. Vote wisely. – Rappler.com, BY ARISTOTLE CRUZ, POSTED ON 05/04/2013 7:07 AM  | UPDATED 05/04/2013 3:03 AM

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