Power outage? Hmmmm....

automated elections - A Filipino citizen casting his ballot by having it read by the machine.
@clowdine (1402)
Philippines
March 6, 2010 12:50am CST
The national elections is drawing near in our country. The automated system has also been given way and many people think this would help prevent anomalies and violence but before our anticipating eyes, we start to experience power outages since the past few weeks. I am a bit uncomfortable about this besides the discomfort of lack of electricity brings. Do you think they are trying to condition the Filipino people that power outage will be a normal scenario even on the day of the elections because they plan to cheat again? What do you think?
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@fifileigh (3620)
• United States
27 Mar 10
i live in california, and there has been many power outages happening these days, the last one was two nights ago.
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
Some of our dams, as said in the news, are reaching their critical level, making them unable to supply enough electricity. Some areas in the metropolis are now having rotating brownouts. I have learned that the machines that will count our votes will have back up batteries that are good for around 16-18 hours but I think it's still not enough. The whole precinct should be well lit during these critical hours. I can only hear in the public affairs programs whenever a COMELEC (Commission on Elections) official is interviewed that the machines will have back up batteries but I wonder how they prepare for the lighting in the precincts and all the rest.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
8 Mar 10
Elections are often unpredictable.. Be it with automated system or not, there's not much difference if corrupution is right there in the country.. hehe ^_^ Of course an automated system will be good, but there will bound to have glitches somewhere for loopholes.. Whatever it is, it's the public's votes that counts, and even those unworthy candidates managed to win the election, i believe they will be thrown off soon too.. hehe
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
It's true that bad politicians whether ill-won or not can be ousted but that may entail negative things to the government and populace. Up to now, it's really hard to convince the thinking people that there isn't in there besides the desire to be of help to the people and to be nationalistic. Because more than ever, rotten tomatoes add up to run for any targeted position. Good citizens and helpful fellows know how to serve the country and help people even with or without power but these wicked politicians say with genuine hypocrisy that they want to serve the public that's why they want to have a seat [as if that's the only way].
• United States
6 Mar 10
Hi, dowdine! I hope the election can be carried out smoothly, without people being hurt or killed. I don't really understand why people in every country can't simply vote for whom the want, and have that vote accepted. The corruption and greed behind all other sorts of elections is unconscionable! Nobody should have to fear voting or an election's results...
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
7 Mar 10
I guess it is a universal situation that man lost the kind of love and fear of the Lord that may solve our crises including the superfluity of election related fraud and violence. Most people want to run for elections nowadays mainly because of their ambitions that are uncalled for, the lust for money and power. And it's frustrating to see some idealistic fellows who are conscientious enough to dream for their constituents may end up slightly or totally corrupt because he is either tempted or overpowered.
@agv0419 (3026)
• Philippines
6 Mar 10
We need to understand our situation right now because of the El NiƱo our power supply is also affected because we are only depending in hydroelectric power. When the water level in the dam is decreasing it is hard to generate power.
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
7 Mar 10
I really appreciate your consideration for the energy sector.I am not blaming them either but since this outage has started to occur in some areas of the country, I just hope that by now, they are already trying to come up with contingency plans. I guess it would be nice if the government allots budget for generators. After all, these can still be useful in case everything turns out well on that day because those generators can be installed in public hospitals or other public institutions like state universities. But it's just so sad if they really don't plan these things ahead as some guys got other plans.
@namiya (1709)
• Philippines
6 Mar 10
Hi! we're from the same country. As much as possible I don't want to entertain the idea that "the lack of electricity" issue that we are experiencing now is a prelude to unscrupulous plans for the May elections but...deep inside there's also this nagging fear of "is it really not?" Let's just hope and pray that if ever there are parties who are planing to utilize this situation as cover-up to manipulate election results come May shall realize that there is God and shall have a change of hearts.
• India
6 Mar 10
Hi mary How are you, As per my knowledge peoples just give false informtions. They cannot change any thing in small time. Every one has got lmited space. only one can do is to start working for betterment of peoples and results will come after years. so we have to see potential of doing positive in a candidate but we cannot expect them to do all alone and even they didnot want to do it. They will talk about problems and usualy store them as an issue for future elections. This what my experience. lets hope for the best.
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
7 Mar 10
Hello, Mahesh. When I learned that our elections would be automated this May, I grew very excited about it. Well, theoretically, it shall give us many benefits but still the downside is it will still be dependent on electricity and I'm not impressed with the news that there are power outages in some areas as we can call this an automated election only if the power failure won't occur on that day.
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