In 2010, the Philippines conducted its first-ever automated poll, and I wrote that “elections had changed, but politics didn’t.” This year for a second time, a general election, including the presidency, was automated. Again we had concessions from presidential candidates the day after the polls instead of having to wait weeks for a manual count. This year the websites were much more advanced, so that one could search for any locality or any race throughout the entire country, making the entire process much more transparent. (At the time of writing, the only close national vote is for the separately elected vice president, between Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo – neither of whom was the running mate of victorious Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.) So, a new administration starts on the basis of a credible election.
By Steven Rood