After months of campaigning by the candidates vying for various local and national positions all over the nation, Election Day is finally here.
By today, the country’s 67.4 million registered voters should have had enough time and information to thoroughly evaluate the qualifications, capabilities, track and criminal records, vison for the nation and platform of governance of the prospective candidates.
As cast our votes, let us remember to take seriously this great power and responsibility that we the people have today, for it is one of the few instances that we get to wield the power of the ballot to determine who among our countrymen will get to lead our country.
We cannot allow the ugliness has come from the campaign period and traditional politics to stop us from becoming jaded and losing faith in our powers during Election Day. Those of us who can go beyond the disinformation and misinformation should know by now which among the candidates deserve their votes and should be eager to cast those votes.
There is no denying that the stakes are enormously high for this elections. The coronavirus pandemic remains a nagging concern, burying our country in debt, making economic recovery largely dependent on the quality of the leaders we choose today. Over the past few years, we have seen what inutile and incompetent leaders can do to a country and today gives us the opportunity to apply the course correction it desperately needs. The same applies for those who are content with the direction the country has gone so far.
No matter who wins the race, casting a vote today strengthens our democracy further. More people voting means that more are involved in the act of nation building and it should serve as a reminder to our leaders that we the people will be expectantly watching and taking notes to see if they fulfill their promises to us and the country.*